Cincinnati Reds star Joey Votto tests positive for COVID-19, lands on IL

Sep 23, 2020; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (19) reacts as he rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run against the Milwaukee Brewers during the first inning at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday placed veteran slugger Joey Votto on the injured list after the former Most Valuable Player tested positive for COVID-19.

The Reds announced the positive test after Votto gave them permission.

Votto will be away from the team for at least the next seven days.

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Votto, 37, has four hits in nine at-bats this spring.

He hit .226 with 11 home runs in 54 games last season. The six-time All-Star is a career .304/.419/.517 hitter with 295 home runs, 966 RBIs and 1,041 runs scored. He needs just 92 hits to reach 2,000 for his career, all with Cincinnati.

Votto landed on the IL last August after self-reporting symptoms of COVID-19, but he did not test positive for the virus and missed just two games.

–Field Level Media

–Field Level Media