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.
Earlier this week there was some talk of Alex Cobb trying the rest-and-rehab route after an MRI exam showed a torn elbow ligament, but the Rays announced that the 27-year-old right-hander has decided to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery.
Cobb has been on the disabled list all season after experiencing forearm discomfort during spring training, but initial tests by the Rays were said to show no structural damage. Now he’s unlikely to be a factor in Tampa Bay again until at least the second half of next season.
It’s a huge loss for the Rays, as Cobb posted a sub-3.00 ERA in each of the past two seasons and has a 3.21 ERA in 499 career innings. Chris Archer, Drew Smyly, and Jake Odorizzi are still around to headline the Rays’ talented young rotation and they’re hoping to get All-Star left-hander Matt Moore back from his own Tommy John surgery soon.
Royals left-hander Jason Vargas is headed to the disabled list with a strained flexor tendon.
Vargas was off to a rough start this season, posting a 5.26 ERA through five outings, but he tossed six innings of two-run ball against the Indians on Wednesday. And now the Royals will hold their breath waiting to see if the injury leads to Tommy John elbow surgery in the second season of a four-year, $32 million deal.
Journeyman right-hander Yohan Pino takes Vargas’ spot on the roster, Chris Young figures to take his spot in the rotation, and Kansas City will likely be relying on its fantastic bullpen even more than before.