Originally written on Redlegs Review  |  Last updated 11/18/14

The Reds were on the receiving end of some very grim news on Monday night as it was announced that their All-Star and MVP first basemen, Joey Votto, has a torn meniscus in his left knee that will require him to undergo arthoscopic surgery on Tuesday. The 28-year old is expected to miss 3-4 weeks.The injury was suffered on June 29th at San Francisco when Votto slid into third base during the fifth inning of a Reds victory. He had been playing through the pain ever since and quite frankly, it showed. The Canadian native was batting .281 with no homers and only two RBI in the month of July. His absence leaves a huge void in the middle of the Cincinnati lineup at a time when everything was seemingly starting to come together for them. The Reds had just recaptured sole possession of first place after finishing off a sweep of archrival St. Louis on Sunday. The win marked a season-high 6-game winning streak and put also put the squad a season-best 12 games over .500 at 50-38. Needless to s...
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