On Sunday, the Reds placed Joey Votto on the Injured List after he self-reported coronavirus symptoms, according to multiple reports. The former NL MVP will sit out at least the next two days while he waits to see whether the symptoms regress.
The Athletic and Cincinnati Enquirer confirmed that Votto hasn’t tested positive for COVID-19, making him the third Reds player to miss time without a positive test. Mike Moustakas and Nick Senzel were both scratched from the lineup July 26 after showing symptoms. They were originally told they couldn’t return before Thursday but filed an appeal when each of them tested negative six times, allowing them to start playing again Wednesday.
Reds infielder Matt Davidson also missed time, testing positive for the coronavirus after playing on Opening Day. However, Davidson believes it was a false positive as his results came back negative in every subsequent test.
Yet as far as the NL Central goes, the Reds had an easy weekend. The St. Louis Cardinals had their weekend series with the Milwaukee Brewers postponed after three Cardinals players and a staff member tested positive for the coronavirus and another four tests came back inconclusive. Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain then decided to opt out of the rest of the season, citing his family’s health in a statement released by the Brewers.
“With all of the uncertainty and unknowns surrounding our game at this time, I feel that this is the best decision for me, my wife, and our three kids,” Cain said in the statement posted Saturday. “The Brewers organization was very understanding and supportive of my decision, and I thank them for that. I wish all of my great teammates the best of luck this season and look forward to getting back on the field in 2021. Please stay safe.”
Milwaukee is set to resume playing Monday against the Chicago White Sox, while the Cardinals are hoping to return Tuesday for a road series with the Detroit Tigers.
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