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Johan Camargo on DL after suffering injury running on the field before Tuesday’s game

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Braves infielder Johan Camargo was in Tuesday’s starting lineup against the Phillies and was all set to take his position in the top of the first inning. As baseball players are superstitious individuals, Camargo, like many players past and present, wanted to hop over the chalk baseline as part of his ritual. He ended up hurting his knee and had to be replaced. Now he’s on the disabled list with a bone bruise in his right knee, the Braves announced on Wednesday. Dansby Swanson has been recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett.

Camargo, 23, was hitting .292/.327/.454 in 197 plate appearances. He has spent most of his time at third base and shortstop, but has also played second base and even one inning in left field.

Swanson, 23, struggled to a .213/.287/.312 triple-slash line in 362 plate appearances before his demotion. In 11 games with Gwinnett, he hit .237/.356/.342.

Joey Votto: “I tried to get fatter. I succeeded at that apparently.”

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We’ve poked fun often at the spring training trope of players showing up to camp in the “best shape of [their] life.” Reds first baseman Joey Votto has turned that entirely on its head. Talking about his offseason, the 2010 NL MVP said, “I tried to get fatter. I succeeded at that apparently. We did all the testing and I am fatter,” Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Votto, of course, wasn’t trying to say he’s not in shape; he was just using some of his trademark self-deprecating humor.

Votto did get serious when discussing the state of the rebuilding Reds. As Buchanan also reported, Votto said, “I think we’re starting to get to the point where people are starting to get tired of this stretch of ball. I think something needs to start changing and start going in a different direction. I’m going to do my part to help make that change.”

Votto, 34, is under contract with the Reds through at least 2023, so he still has plenty of incentive to help see the rebuild through. He has been nothing short of stellar over the last three seasons. This past season, he hit .320/.454/.578 with 36 home runs, 100 RBI, and 106 runs scored in 707 appearances across all 162 games. Votto led the majors in walks (134) and on-base percentage and led the National League in OPS (1.032).

Despite Votto’s presence, both FanGraphs and PECOTA are projecting the Reds to put up a 74-88 record. The club had a pretty quiet offseason, expecting to enter 2018 with largely the same roster as last year.