Joey Votto surgery more than expected, likely to return in 2023 spring

    Pittsburgh: There was more damage than expected when Joey Votto had surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder on Friday, but the Cincinnati Reds still anticipate he’ll be ready to play next spring.

    “Joey this morning underwent successful surgery to repair his left rotator cuff and biceps,” Reds general manager Nick Krall said in a statement Friday. “The surgery was a little longer than expected. The injury definitely limited the use of his left shoulder and affected his performance, but we hope he can participate in spring training and be ready for the 2023 season.”

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    votto learned he had a torn rotator cuff when he underwent an MRI exam after the Reds’ last road trip earlier this month. several doctors recommended surgery, especially if she did not want to miss the start of the 2023 season.

    Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (19) high fives Cincinnati Reds first base/infield/baserunning coach Delino DeShields (90) after hitting a base hit in the sixth inning of the MLB game between the Cincinnati Reds and the San Francisco Giants at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Saturday, May 28, 2022.

    Despite the additional damage to Votto’s bicep, the timeline to recover from the surgery remains six months. Reds medical director Dr. Tim Kremchek performed the surgery Friday at Beacon Orthopaedics in Cincinnati.

    “my goal starting today is to get joey back for spring training,” reds manager david bell said. “I know that he will be in good hands and he has to heal and all that, but I know that he will work very hard to come back next year. I know he’s already thinking that way and excited about it and so am I. now it is all behind him and he can look forward to spring training 2023.”

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    Injuries explain at least some of Votto’s problems on offense and defense. statistically it was his worst season with a career-low .205 batting average and a .319 on-base percentage. He totaled 11 home runs, 18 doubles, 41 RBI and 31 runs in 91 games with a career-high strikeout rate of his (25.8% plate appearances).

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    votto went hitless in his last 22 at-bats, the longest hitless streak of his career, and failed to reach base in his last four games, the first time that has happened in his career, according to elias sports bureau .

    will enter the last guaranteed year of his contract in 2023, owes $25 million. The Reds have a $20 million club option for 2024 with a $7 million buyout.

    “what players play is not normal,” bell said. “a lot of players do it and joey’s pain tolerance is really high and he loves to play. guys like that, they’re going to play a lot to be able to do it. you find a way in your mind to fool yourself into thinking you can do anything. lots of guys do it and joey this shows and proves it but i sure wouldn’t change a thing. now we just have to look to the future. Everything seems to have gone very well and it’s exciting to think that Joey is completely healthy.”

    Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (19) talks with the first-base umpire during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Friday, July 1, 2022, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. The Atlanta Braves won, 9-1.

    Mike Moustakas returns to Reds lineup, starts at first base

    mike moustakas was activated from the disabled list after missing eight games with a left calf strain and started at first base on Friday.

    moustakas is expected to receive most of his playing time at first base after votto was placed on the 60 day il.

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    “We all want Moose to be able to stay on the field, have a little rhythm on the field, at the plate and all that,” Bell said. “He’s going to get a chance to play a lot, so it’ll be nice to have him.”

    moustakas entered Friday with a .200 batting average and .289 on-base percentage with six home runs, 11 doubles and 21 RBIs in 73 games. it is the most games he has played in his three seasons with the club.

    He will enter the last guaranteed year of his contract next season. he will be paid $18 million in 2023 with a $20 million club option for 2024 with a $4 million buyout.

    “There is a window to let the moose play and get back into the flow of the game,” bell said. “He just wants to stay healthy, get regular at-bats, stay on the field and see what he can do. It has been very choppy for him. he’ll be great, we’ve got six weeks left, if he can play as much as possible and see where he is.”

    reds reliever tony santillan will probably be out for the rest of the 2022 season

    Reds reliever Tony Santillan was eligible to return from the 60-day injury last week, but is unlikely to return this year due to a lower back injury.

    “I don’t think we realized how important his injury was,” bell said. “It’s going to be a bit of a risk to have him back this season, but he’s getting better. he has a long career ahead of him. hopefully this year, but absolutely for spring training next season.”

    reds injury updates: tejay antone, daniel duarte

    Tejay Antone and Daniel Duarte threw off a mound Tuesday at the Reds’ spring training complex in Goodyear, Arizona.

    Antone, about a year after his second Tommy John surgery, will miss the entire 2022 season. Duarte, out since April 17 with a right elbow injury, could return in September.

    “duarte could come back this year,” bell said. “Tejay’s plan hasn’t changed, but it was great knowing he was off the mound. we have a lot of time between now and spring training. it’s good to hear the fact that he’s off the mound.”

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