The Cincinnati Reds announced Friday first baseman Joey Votto did not travel with the team to Philadelphia for their weekend series with the Phillies. Votto is staying in Cincinnati to have an MRI on his left knee, the same one that cost him 51 games during the 2012 season.
Votto, 30, is having a rough year batting .357/.410/.449 with six home runs and 12 RBIs. Despite his down year at the plate, Votto still leads the National League and is third in the Majors in walks with 33. Missing out on Votto is good news for the Phillies as the former-National League MVP has torched the Phillies in the past batting .322/.411/.521 with five home runs and 14 RBIs.
The Reds enter Philadelphia hobbled. In addition to Votto, Cincinnati is also without slugger Jay Bruce and ace Johnny Cueto.
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