Reds place Joey Votto on the disabled list, activate Jay Bruce

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Cincinnati got relatively good news on Joey Votto’s injury, which turned out to be a quadriceps strain rather than the feared significant knee problem, but the former MVP is still headed for the disabled list.

And in a corresponding move the Reds activated outfielder Jay Bruce from the disabled list after he missed the past two weeks with a partially torn meniscus in his left knee.

Three different players have started at first base in the five games Votto has missed so far, but Triple-A call-up Neftali Soto seems likely to get most of the action there.

Votto was off to a decent start before the injury, posting his usual .400-plus on-base percentage despite a .257 batting average thanks to a league-high 33 walks. However, his overall .859 OPS is 100 points below his career norm.

Bruce will resume starting every day in right field and will try to turn things around after hitting just .216 with three homers and a .715 OPS through 30 games.

Giants sign Austin Jackson to two-year, $6 million contract

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The Giants announced on Monday night the signing of outfielder Austin Jackson. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, it’s a two-year, $6 million deal with performance incentives that allow Jackson to earn up to an additional $2.5 million for a total of $8.5 million.

Jackson, who soon turns 31 years old, spent last season with the Indians. In 318 plate appearances, he hit .318/.387/.482 with seven home runs, 35 RBI, and 46 runs scored.

The Giants have been on the hunt for a center fielder and Jackson addresses that need relatively cheaply. Jackson will join Hunter Pence and newcomer Andrew McCutchen in the outfield.