Reds Veteran First Baseman Done for Season

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto announced that he will have season-ending surgery for a rotator cuff tear on Friday. 

Wow, did not see this coming. 

Votto did not play Wednesday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies and, now, won't play another one all season. 

Votto was in the midst of a 2-for-36 slump, perhaps indicative of the injury he's been dealing with. However, the thirty-nine-year-old has not been great all season-long, hitting just .205 with 11 home runs and 41 RBIs over 91 games. 

He hasn't been terrible, but age is definitely going to play a factor in the veteran's inevitable decline in the coming years. 

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It's easy to forget, but Votto was actually pretty fantastic last season, racking up 36 home runs, 99 RBIs and 73 runs scored over 129 games. He also finished 16th in MVP voting. 

Hopefully, the surgery will get the thirty-eight-year-old right again and we can see Votto return to form in 2023.
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