MLB roundup: Reds’ MVP out a monthThe Reds are still trying to figure out how to cope with the loss of first baseman Joey Votto, who had surgery Tuesday for torn cartilage in his left knee and will be sidelined for three to four weeks.
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Reds are still trying to figure out how to cope with the loss of first baseman Joey Votto, who had surgery Tuesday for torn cartilage in his left knee and will be sidelined for three to four weeks.
“You’re bombarding me with questions that I really don’t have answers to right now,” manager Dusty Baker said. “So let’s take it today and then we’ll see what we can do tomorrow. We have things in the works.”
Votto’s injury gives the Reds more incentive to try to acquire another hitter to help them stay in contention. There’s no replacement ready in the minors.
The first baseman is batting .342 and leads the National League in doubles, walks, on-base percentage and extra-base hits.
Jays put Bautista on DL
NEW YORK — Jose Bautista was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with inflammation in his left wrist and the Toronto Blue Jays called up outfielder Anthony Gose from Triple-A Las Vegas.
The team did not give a timetable for Bautista’s return. After leaving Monday night’s loss to the New York Yankees when he felt pain in his wrist on an eighth-inning swing, the All-Star slugger had an MRI on Tuesday that revealed the inflammation.
The two-time defending AL home run champion was tied for second in the majors with 27 homers. He is batting .244 with 65 RBIs and a .360 on-base percentage.
Dodgers DL Billingsley
LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers have put right-hander Chad Billingsley on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation.
Billingsley, whose move was retroactive to July 8, is 4-9 with a 4.30 ERA in 18 starts this season. He’s eligible to return from the DL on July 23.
Brewers’ Braun leaves game with groin strain
MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun has left Tuesday’s game against St. Louis with a right groin strain.
Braun was taken out of the game in the seventh inning. It was not immediately clear how the injury occurred, or how serious it was.
Braun was bothered by a right groin injury in May.
Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday left the game earlier after being hit in the leg with a pitch by Brewers starter Randy Wolf.