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Joey Votto placed on disabled list

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The Reds have placed first baseman Joey Votto on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to August 16, with a right lower leg contusion.

Votto has dealt with lingering soreness in the leg as a result of a hit by a Ryan Madson pitch back on August 4, causing him to miss some games and be pulled early in others. It’s unclear at this point whether he’ll be on the DL longer than the ten days required.

Votto is hitting .284/.422/.419 with nine homers an 55 RBI on the year. He leads the league on OBP and walks, but otherwise it’s been a down season for him. This doesn’t help matters.

MLB has more evidence against Addison Russell than just his ex-wife’s blog post

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Major League Baseball put Cubs shortstop Addison Russell on administrative leave pursuant to its domestic violence policy the other day. The thought at the time was that the move was made solely because Russell’s ex-wife, Melisa Reidy, had written a blog post reiterating past claims of domestic violence. As Ken Rosenthal reports, however, that’s not all they had:

The post alone would not have been enough for baseball to force Russell off the field under its joint domestic violence policy with the players’ union. The league had additional credible information, according to sources familiar with its investigation.

The league’s investigation includes interviews with Reidy and numerous other witnesses, and with officials gathering additional information since Russell went on leave, sources said.

Reidy’s allegations alone, once assessed by MLB, would likely be enough to warrant Russell a suspension. That there is more out there would seem to make the case against him even stronger. The upshot: I think it’s extraordinarily unlikely that Russell will be back with the Cubs this year.