The Cincinnati Reds organization and fans most likely breathed a sigh of relief when the results their All-Star first baseman's MRI were released Friday. Joey Votto's MRI showed just a quad strain in his left leg and also showed no structural damage to the leg in which has given him problems in the past.
Votto has been bothered by pain throughout the past few weeks.
"It means there's a reason for the soreness and the fatigue in the leg," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "We'll collect as an organization after the game today and try to define the best course of either rehab or the best decision for Joey and the club."
The injury occurred in the same leg in which underwent two separate arthroscopic knee procedures last season. It is unclear what brought on the strain but Votto has been struggling at the plate. In the past two weeks he is batting under .200 with just two home runs, including a walk-off against the Colorado Rockies on May 9.
The team begins a six-game road trip today beginning in Philadelphia.
"It didn't seem like something he couldn't play and something we were optimistic would get better throughout the process and the work he was doing on it. It just didn't," Price said. "There was more of a sense of weakness or fatigue in the leg, not so much soreness. It wasn't until yesterday that we got back to the whole genesis of what happened. Even that part, as far as the actual day, I'm not exactly sure. It didn't seem like it would be anything that would hinder him a great deal, and he was proactively working on regaining the strength and diminishing the soreness. It wasn't able to get better by playing every day."