Votto's MRI shows left quad strain

Reds first baseman Joey Votto. File photo
Reds first baseman Joey Votto. File photo

(FOX19) - The Cincinnati Reds season can be summed up in one five letter word: Uncle.

Officials announced another injury for the team with all-star first baseman Joey Votto. The initial report indicated a potential problem with Votto's knee, but an MRI diagnosed the issue as a distal quadriceps strain.

Initially, it is good news for the Reds and Votto who had two knee operations in 2012. The Reds have not yet commented on whether or not Votto will face time on the disabled list.

"It's bothered him a little bit over the past couple of weeks," said Reds manager Bryan Price. "It didn't seem like something he couldn't play with and we were optimistic it would get better. We're in the process of finding out if we'll need to give him some time off."

Votto did not travel with the Reds for their three-game set in Philadelphia. Votto is batting .257 this season with six home runs and 12 RBI. Votto hit a walk-off solo homer in extra innings against the Rockies on May 9, but has been slumping the rest of the month batting just .209.

Reds catcher Brayan Pena got his first career start at first base Friday, replacing Votto for a game one 3-0 win in Philadelphia.

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