Reds put Votto in freefall on COVID-19 injured list

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds put first baseman Joey Votto on the COVID-19 disabled list on Tuesday, taking the step ahead of a game against Milwaukee.

Manager David Bell said Votto had not tested positive for the virus.

“We’re cautious as far as we can put it on this COVID IL, which is really a daily thing until we know more,” Bell told reporters in Cincinnati.

Votto was in the original starting lineup to face the Brewers, but showed symptoms.

The six-time All-Star is hitting just .122 with no homers and three RBIs, and has played in all 22 games for Cincinnati this season. He batted 29 times in 74 at bats.

Cincinnati is struggling with the worst major league record at 3-19. The Reds had lost six in a row and 17 of 18 going into the series opener against the Brewers.

Votto, 38, tested positive for COVID-19 in March 2021.

On Monday, Votto linked to a blog post on Fangraphs.com that had this title: “Is this the end for Joey Votto?” On his Twitter account, he posted: “In five months. Enjoy the show.”

He gave no explanation on his tweet.

The Reds are to host a Star Wars Joey Votto bobblehead giveaway at Great American Ball Park on Saturday night when they face Pittsburgh.

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