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Cincinnati Reds superstar 1B Joey Votto will start the 2023 MLB Season on the IL
According to sources close to the Cincinnati Reds camp the Reds veteran superstar first - baseman, Joey Votto, will apparently have to begin the 2023 Major League Baseball season on the injured list which just so happens to snap his previous streak of 14 - straight MLB seasons starting for the Cincinnati Reds on Opening Day.
AAA Assignment for Joey Votto
Joey explained via a major sports media news conference on Monday, March 27th, 2023 that he will have to start the 2023 baseball season with the Cincinnati Reds Triple - A club on a rehabilitation assignment later on this week, and that he will rejoin the Cincinnati Reds big - league club when he is good and ready.
The now 39 - year - old first - baseman for the Cincinnati Reds had to undergo surgery on his left rotator cuff (shoulder) late last August of 2022, and Votto is still working his way back to 100 % as a starting MLB ball player.
"What led me to that decision was just not being ready," the Cincinnati Reds star first baseman Joey Votto expressed to the Cincinnati Enquirer. "Starting a good bit behind during spring training. Still working through some of the rehab process. Not accumulating enough time in the field.
"Not accumulating enough at - bats. [Sunday] was the first day where I felt semi - close to being able to play close to 100 %. It takes a stretch of time feeling that way before you feel like you are regular - season ready."
The Future of Joey Votto with the Cincinnati Reds
The perennial Major League Baseball All - Star selection (6 - time MLB All - Star) and the 2010 National League Most Valuable Player Award winner in Joey Votto managed to bat for an average of only .205 last year with just 11 - home runs and 41 - RBIs. Votto is coming in to the last MLB season of his current 10 - year contract extension that is worth approximately $225 million which Joey inked with the Cincinnati Reds back in 2012.
Votto’s Baseball Career Achievements, Honors, & Awards
- 6 - Time MLB All - Star Selection (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2017, 2018)
- National League MVP Award Winner (2010)
- National League Hank Aaron Award Winner (2010)
- Gold Glove Award Winner (2011)
“Cincinnati Reds veteran Joey Votto to start season on IL”, espn.com, March 27, 2023.
“Joey Votto”, baseball-reference.com, Wednesday, March 29, 2023.