The Cincinnati Reds can let out a huge sigh of relief today, as All-Star first baseman Joey Votto’s MRI revealed that he had a distal quad strain, but there was no structural damage to the knee, per a report from ESPN.com.
The fear was that Votto had re-injured the left knee that had been surgically repaired in 2012, and caused Votto to miss 48 games.
The injury will keep the Votto out of the lineup for the time being, but stint on the disabled list is reportedly not likely.
Votto is is batting .257 this season, with eight doubles, six home runs, 12 RBI, and is crucial part of a Reds lineup that has been battered with injuries already this season.
Cincinnati opens a three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, and then travels to D.C. for three games against the Washington Nationals before returning home to take on the division rival St. Louis Cardinals.
The Reds currently sit third in the NL Central, 7.5 games behind division leader Milwaukee and two games back of the Cardinals.