Reds 1B fractures left thumb vs. White Sox

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto has taken over 7,700 MLB at-bats, and the 15-year veteran said he only remembered being hit in the thumb once before Wednesday’s game against the Chicago White Sox. 

Votto checked his swing in the fourth inning on Wednesday off a change-up by Dallas Keuchel, and an 80-mph pitch hit Votto’s thumb. Votto fractured his left thumb on the 61st hit-by-pitch of his career, and Votto is expected to miss three or four weeks.

“I'm surprised it took this long, to be honest with you,” Votto said. “I think I have 10,000 professional plate appearances in that range, so ... yeah. It's part of the game. It's totally part of the game.”

Votto was hit in the thumb in the fourth inning, and he ran the bases and played the field in the top of the fifth inning. 

Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto reacts after being hit by a pitch during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Cincinnati, Wednesday, May 5, 2021.

Then Reds Manager David Bell pulled Votto from the game in the top of the sixth inning for utility player Kyle Farmer. After the game, Votto was wearing a small brace over his left thumb.

“I knew I was in pain,” Votto said. “I thought I was being a baby. I just wanted to stay in the game, but I didn't think I could grip the bat and I was having a hard time putting my glove on. I could run and I was moving well and I thought, 'just give it some time, it should shake at some point … It broke, what are you going to do?”

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