Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell told reporters after their game on Wednesday that first baseman Joey Votto suffered a fractured thumb and will likely be out for weeks, according to C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic.
Votto suffered the hand injury in the fourth inning as he was hit by a pitch from Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel. The veteran first baseman exited the game in the fifth inning and was replaced by Kyle Farmer. This season, Votto is hitting .229/.302/.429 with 5 HRs and 17 RBI in 116 plate appearances.
If Votto is out for extended period of time that should not do major damage for the best offense in the majors. The Reds could put Farmer at first base after he filled in for the 37-year-old infielder on Wednesday. The 30-year-old Farmer is slugging .176./.288/.275 with a home run and 6 RBI in 59 plate appearances. Another option at first is Alex Blandino, who is hitting .250 with four RBI.