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Cincinnati Reds superstar 1B Joey Votto will start the 2023 MLB Season on the IL


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.

Media Statements

"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.