The Grand Slam: Joey Votto gets knee MRI; Chris Getz retires at 30

David Brown
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Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports that slugger Joey Votto did not make the trip with the rest of the Cincinnati Reds to Philadelphia and instead is getting an MRI on his left knee. Rosenthal said that a stint on the disabled list is likely for Votto, who is batting .257/.410/.449. It's the same knee that Votto had surgically repaired twice in 2012. Just a week ago, Votto hit a walk-off home run for the Reds. Now it appears he'll be out for an undetermined period.

The NL MVP in 2010, Votto has led the NL in on-base percentage in four consecutive years, and leads the league in walks in 2014, but his slugging percentage has dropped noticeably the past two-plus seasons since his knee trouble began. It might not be a coincidence, which is a pure shame for one of the game's elite sluggers.

The Reds already lost Jay Bruce to knee surgery earlier this month, and it was an injury described as similar to the one Votto had two years ago. Cincy just better hope Bruce has better luck with his.


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Rather than report to the minor leagues, Chris Getz says he is retiring at age 30. Via the MLB Daily Dish, he said in a statement:

"I've enjoyed every minute that I've played and will always be passionate about the game. I'm starting a family, and I'm interested in other endeavors both inside and outside of the game."

Getz was removed from the Toronto Blue Jays' 40-man roster after batting .160 in 28 plate appearances. He's a career .250/.309/.307 hitter with 89 stolen bases, mostly with the Kansas City Royals. He broke in with the Chicago White Sox in 2008. Not many players finish with a higher on-base percentage than slugging.

He started the season at Class AAA Buffalo for the Jays and batted .309, but he's not going back. He's married to Nicky Getz, who was featured on the "Amazing Race" TV program with Kim DeJesus, David Jesus's wife, in 2013.

Baseball Reference says Getz has made $3.276 million playing in the majors. A lot of money in a lump sum (before taxes), but let's say the typical person works 50 years in his or her life: It comes to about $65,000 annually. A solid living, at least in 2014 dollars, but hardly easy street.

Here's Getz hitting one of his three career home runs:

If only Getz could wear Jackie Robinson's No. 42 every game.

ZOBRIST DISLOCATES THUMB AND GOES ON DL: Ow, ow, owwwww. Ben Zobrist of the Tampa Bay Rays dislocated his left thumb sliding head-first (hands first?) into second base Wednesday and is headed to the disabled list. Zobrist, who is batting .260/.352/.364 and plays several positions for the Rays, mostly second base, figures to miss 2-3 weeks. Sean Rodriguez and Logan Forsythe probably will get most of the playing time in his absence, reports Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.

It's the second time a head-first slide has precipitated a dislocated thumb for Zobrist, but he says it's not going head-first that's the problem. It's when he swings his arms to avoid a tag. Whatever the problem, stop doing it, Zorilla.

COLBY RASMUS HAMSTRUNG: He had been heating up in May, but lingering tightness in Colby Rasmus's right hamstring has put him on the bench. The Toronto Blue Jays placed him on the 15-day DL retroactive to Tuesday, a day after his most recent game. It's the same leg that gave him trouble in April, but only required a few days of rest then. 

Rasmus is batting .286/.318/.714 with five home runs in 44 plate appearances this month after getting off to a slow start in April. Overall, he has nine homers and is batting .222 with a 47-7 strikeout-to-walk ratio.


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