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)
#reds have confirmed Joey Votto to be out about 2 weeks, having surgery to repair meniscus issue in knee. Not considered serious.— Dan Plesac (@Plesac19) July 16, 2012
The Reds later revealed more details on their official Twitter:
Votto to have surgery tomorrow to repair torn meniscus in his left knee, suffered on 6/29 at SF. Will miss 3-4 weeks. Roster moves tomorrow.— Reds (@Reds) July 16, 2012
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.
Should the Reds lean on Frazier, or look for another short-term answer?