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Jedd Gyorko exits game with right hamstring injury

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Cardinals’ third baseman Jedd Gyorko left Saturday’s game with a right hamstring injury after running the bases in the eighth inning. The extent of the injury will be determined pending further tests on Sunday, but a disabled list assignment seems likely after manager Mike Matheny told reporters it “didn’t look good.”

In the eighth inning, with two outs and the bases loaded, Kolten Wong slashed a base hit to right field, plating Yadier Molina for the tying run. Gyorko was close on Molina’s heels, but abruptly stopped after rounding third base and limped off the field with a trainer.

Pinch-runner Carlos Martinez replaced Gyorko at third, but Greg Garcia quickly lined out to end the inning. The Cardinals returned in the ninth to complete their rally, clinching the win with a two-run, walk-off home run from Tommy Pham and evening the series 1-1.

In Gyorko’s absence, the Cardinals could turn to Garcia to take a few reps at the hot corner. Brian Stull of stlbaseballweekly.com suggests that Aledmys Diaz or Patrick Wisdom might be in line for a promotion as well, though Diaz has handled third base just six times in the minors this season and Wisdom isn’t currently on the 40-man roster.

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.