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Alex Meyer to undergo labrum surgery

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The Angels announced on Monday that pitcher Alex Meyer will undergo surgery to repair the labrum in his right shoulder. That, of course, ends his 2017 season and will almost certainly miss the entirety of the 2018 season as well as the timeline for the procedure is generally 12 months.

Meyer, 27, has been bothered by shoulder issues for most of his professional career. Since debuting in 2015, he has logged just 95 1/3 innings in the majors, though he has put together a respectable 3.74 ERA with 75 strikeouts and 42 walks.

Meyer won’t become a free agent until 2023 so the Angels still have plenty of time to help the right-hander get back to form and have no reason to rush him back next year.

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.