Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto left Saturday’s game against the Giants early due to knee inflammation. Votto injured the knee while batting in the fifth inning against Barry Zito, and was noticeably limping down the first base line.
The Reds announced that Votto was removed for precautionary reasons and that the injury is not serious. Votto is batting a team best .354, with 14 home runs and 50 runs scored, and is headed to his third straight All-Star appearance after posting a league leading 4,475,180 votes.
The Reds went on to win the game 2-1, as Mat Latos pitched a two-hit complete game gem in front of a sold out AT&T Park. Latos carried a shutout into the bottom of the ninth inning, until pitch hitter Brandon Belt launched a triple deep into the right center gap.
Ryan Vogelsong and Bronson Arroyo will meet in the rubber match of the four game series tomorrow, with Vogelsong looking to build on his streak of 11 straight quality starts.