Joey Votto suspended one game for making contact with umpire


MLB has suspended Reds first baseman Joey Votto one game for making contact with an umpire after being ejected Wednesday and he’s decided to serve the suspension tonight against the White Sox.

Kristopher Negron will start in his place and bat ninth versus White Sox right-hander Hector Noesi, who has a 6.75 ERA and is probably very happy to avoid Votto.

Here’s video of the incident, so you can judge for yourself:

Votto is having a fantastic bounceback season after being limited to 62 games by injuries last year, hitting .311 with seven homers and a .986 OPS to re-establish himself as an MVP-caliber force in the middle of the Reds’ lineup.

Rafael Montero to have Tommy John surgery

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Mets pitcher Rafael Montero will undergo Tommy John surgery.

Montero felt some discomfort after his latest Grapefruit League appearance. This morning he was diagnosed with a complete tear of the UCL in his right elbow. He’ll now miss all of the 2018 season and most of the first half of the 2019 season.

Montero, 27, was once a top pitching prospect. He performed swingman duties for the Mets last year, starting in 18 games and relieving in 16. He wasn’t too successful in that role — his ERA was 5.52 in 2017 — but he was battling for a spot in the Mets’ bullpen this spring.