Surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff will end Joey Votto’s season, according to Reds beat writer Bobby Nightengale.
Votto, 38, is in the mist the worst season of his 16-year career, slashing .205/.319/.370 with 11 home runs and 41 RBI. Votto’s -0.7 fWAR, 92 wRC+, and 23.8 percent K-rate are all career worsts for the legendary Reds first baseman.
Here he is providing a more detailed explanation of the injury and its impact:
Despite scuffling this season, Votto had a strong 2021 campaign in which he hit 36 home runs and drove in 99 for the Reds.
Votto has two more seasons remaining on his 10-year deal signed in 2014, with Cincinnati on the hook for $25 million next season and $20 million in 2024, and he holds a full no-trade clause in his contract.
Recovery from surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff is usually four-to-six months, depending on the tear size, so Votto should be ready to go by the time Spring Training rolls around next spring. As far as a potential retirement goes, Votto sounded like that’s not in the cards for him right now when he was mic’d up during the Field of Dreams Game last week: