Joey Votto to Miss 3-4 Weeks With Knee Injury

CINCINNATI - JULY 18: (FILE PHOTO) Joey Votto #19 of the Cincinnati Reds is pictured during the game against the Colorado Rockies at Great American Ball Park on July 18 2010 in Cincinnati Ohio. The Baseball Writers' Association of America announced that Votto won the 2010 National League Most Valuable Player award. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Cincinnati Reds' star first baseman Joey Votto will undergo surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, as first reported by Dan Plesac of the MLB Network.

The Reds later revealed more details on their official Twitter:

Votto, the 2010 National League MVP, leads all of baseball with a .465 on-base percentage, 36 doubles and 66 walks. The 28-year-old is hitting .342 with 14 home runs and 49 RBI.

Reds third baseman Scott Rolen is healthy, freeing up Todd Frazier to play elsewhere. Frazier played in Votto's place today. The 26-year-old has a .279 average, 10 home runs and a .916 OPS playing part time.

Frazier had only appeared at third base and left field this season, but he did play a game at first for Cincinnati in 2011.

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Should the Reds lean on Frazier, or look for another short-term answer?

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