The Cincinnati Reds made a trio of roster moves this afternoon prior to their game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Mike Moustakas was activated from the injured list, Joey Votto was transferred to the 60-day injured list, and Donovan Solano was transferred from the paternity list to the restricted list.
Mike Moustakas last played on August 8th when he left the game early against the New York Mets after a calf injury. He wasn’t expected to be out long and that turned out to be the case as he missed the minimum amount of time before returning. The lefty is back in the lineup tonight, starting at first base, and hitting clean up for the Reds as they open up their road trip in Pittsburgh.
The bigger news of the day, though, is that Joey Votto underwent successful surgery. What we didn’t expect to hear were that he not only had surgery on his left rotator cuff – an injury we knew existed and was the reason we were told he was going to require surgery – but that they also repaired his left bicep and that “the surgery was a little more than expected” according to Reds Vice President and General Manager Nick Krall. With that said, Krall noted that they still expect Votto to be ready to play in spring training and to be ready for the 2023 regular season.
That things were a bit worse than they had hoped isn’t great. But sometimes that’s going to happen once you get in there and can get a better look at what’s happening – imaging can only go so far. The good news here is that even though things were worse than expected, Joey Votto is still likely to be ready for spring training and the regular season. I’m saying likely here because you just don’t know if there will be any setbacks in the rehab process until you get beyond them.