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.
Earlier today the Major League Baseball Umpire’s Association made multiple posts on social media registering its displeasure at what it feels was the league’s weak discipline of Manny Machado following his run-in with umpire Bill Welke. It was an unusual statement, as it’s not common for umpires, individual or via their union to comment on such matters.
This evening, in an official statement, the league called it inappropriate:
“Manny Machado was suspended by MLB Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre, who considered all the facts and circumstances of Machado’s conduct, including precedent, in determining the appropriate level of discipline. Mr. Machado is appealing his suspension and we do not believe it is appropriate for the union representing Major League Umpires to comment on the discipline of players represented by the Players Association, just as it would not be appropriate for the Players Association to comment on disciplinary decisions made with respect to umpires. We also believe it is inappropriate to compare this incident to the extraordinarily serious issue of workplace violence.”
That final bit, about workplace violence, is something that I didn’t really consider when I read the umps’ statements, but it’s a damn good point. In an age where people are literally shooting up workplaces, umpires making reference to that kind of thing in response to a player throwing a bat is pretty rich indeed. And in pretty poor taste.