Reds first baseman Joey Votto has been suspended two games for his angry outburst directed at home plate umpire Bill Welke during Wednesday’s game against the Pirates, per Jamie Ramsey, the Reds’ assistant director of media relations. He plans to appeal the suspension.
Votto disagreed with Welke’s strike zone during the course of the night, and the final straw was when the NL MVP candidate asked for time and was denied by Welke. Votto was ejected very quickly after expressing disapproval, which caused him to get quite upset.
Votto is the major league leader in walks with 123. He led the league in walks and in on-base percentage in three consecutive seasons from 2011-13. This season, he’s hitting .317/.460/.561 with 27 home runs, 71 RBI, and 87 runs scored in 604 plate appearances.
Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals will promote middle infield prospect Carter Kieboom to the majors ahead of Friday’s game against the Padres. The Nationals are currently dealing with injuries to shortstop Trea Turner and third baseman Anthony Rendon, so the club hopes Kieboom can help the team tread water at the very least.
Kieboom, 21, was selected by the Nationals in the first round (28th overall) in the 2016 draft. MLB Pipeline currently rates him No. 2 in the Nationals’ system and No. 37 overall. Kieboom has played both second base and shortstop this season after exclusively playing shortstop previously in his professional career.
With Triple-A Fresno to start the 2019 season, Kieboom hit .379/.506/.636 with three homers, 18 RBI, and 14 runs scored in 83 plate appearances.