Joey Votto of reds on IL with reported viral symptoms


The Cincinnati Reds put veteran first baseman Joey Votto on the injured list on Sunday ahead of the opening of their double with the Detroit Tigers.The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that Votto self-reported symptoms of the coronavirus on Sunday morning, but did not test positive.

The Reds haven’t revealed the reason for the move, but have specifically announced that Votto is on the IL – not the 10-day IL. There is no minimum or maximum number of days that Votto must stay on the IL.

Cincinnati made a similar move last month with Mike Moustakas after the infielder began to experience symptoms of coronavirus. The Enquirer reported that Moustakas tested negative for COVID-19.

Votto, 36, is down .259 with two homers in seven games this season.

The Reds replaced Votto on the active roster with right-hander Anthony DeSclafani, who was activated from the 10-day IL and who will start the first game on Sunday against the Tigers.


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