MLB notes: Votto's knee surgery successful

Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Tuesday. (REUTERS)

Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Tuesday. (REUTERS)

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Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Tuesday and will be sidelined for up to a month.

But even as the Reds were announcing that Votto's surgery was a success, other's were questioning why the injury -- a torn meniscus, a result of a slide into third base June 29 against the San Francisco Giants -- wasn't diagnosed sooner. The extent of the injury was revealed by an MRI on Monday, nearly three weeks after the Etobicoke, Ont., native was hurt.

"They didn't think it was what it was or as serious as it was," Reds manager Dusty Baker said on the team's website. "It happens all the time. We've got one of the best medical staffs around. It's easy to say 'How come you didn't do this or that?' It didn't merit or warrant doing that at that time."

Votto missed two games in Los Angeles due to the injury and hit just .281 after he returned to action.

"He was playing through it," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty told MLB.com. "It just got to the point where it was tough for him to play with it so he asked the doctor for the MRI. We didn't know it was problem. He played quite a few days without it bothering him. Then it started to bother him again more and more."

The Reds put Votto on the 15-day disabled list and called up right-handed pitcher Todd Redmond from Tripl-A Louisville to take his spot on the roster.

ORTIZ OUT

The Boston Red Sox still haven't decided if David Ortiz will go on the disabled list but he will miss at least a week with a wonky right Achilles tendon.

An MRI on Tuesday showed that the tendon wasn't ruptured or torn but Ortiz will need to wear a walking boot on his right foot as a precaution. Ortiz was hurt rounding the bases during a 5-1 win over the Chicago White Sox Monday.

"Lots of pain," Ortiz said on MLB.com. "Today was worse than yesterday when it comes down to soreness. But it's not torn, which is good."

Ortiz estimated he'd be out for a week but the team will get a second medical opinion Wednesday in Miami before deciding if he should go on the DL.

"We'll wait at least 24 hours and probably into tomorrow, maybe until we get a second opinion," Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said.

Ortiz is hitting .316 with 23 home runs and 58 RBIs on the season.

GEE, THAT WAS CLOSE

Doctors couldn't find a pulse in New York Mets pitcher Dillon Gee's right arm before he had surgery to remove a potentially life-threatening blood clot in his shoulder.

A week after having surgery, Gee was released from hospital and few to New York Tuesday armed with the news that he would likely be able to start throwing again in six weeks.

"It's been a long week for me," Gee said on a conference call. "This thing kind of came out of the blue and hit me really fast, and to be honest with you, it was very scary at first -- kind of tough to go through. Then once we figured out I was going to be OK, my feelings went from being scared to being just disappointed really fast."

Gee said Tueday he started feeling numbness in his arm on July 7 and it continued to worsen. That prompted a visit to the Mets' training staff.

"As soon as they told me they couldn't even feel a pulse in my right arm," Gee said, "I got pretty scared."

Soon after, Gee had surgery in St. Louis to widen the artery in his shoulder, which had narrowed to the point where it was operating at just 4% capacity.

BILLINGSLEY GOES ON DL

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Chad Billingsley was put on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with an inflamed right elbow flexor tendon.

The move is retroactive to July 8, the day after Billingsley's last start, meaning he will be eligible to come off the DL on July 23. He said he's been told he will start that night against the St. Louis Cardinals.

"We were happy with the MRI results, but we don't want to push the panic button with him," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said after Monday's game.

The Dodgers called up Stephen Fife from Triple-A Albuquerque to start Tuesday.

BRIEFLY

The Baltimore Orioles put second baseman Robert Andino on the 15-day DL. He's expected to miss 3-4 weeks with a partial dislocation of his left shoulder ... The Kansas City Royals designated pitcher Jonathan Sanchez for assignment and called up left-hander Ryan Verdugo from Triple-A Omaha. Sanchez is 1-6 with a 7.76 earned-run average n 12 starts ... Outfielder Jason Bay was activated off the DL by the New York Mets after being sidelined with a concussion. Bay has been limited to just 22 games due to injuries this season ... Chicago White Sox pitcher Gavin Floyd was put on the 15-day DL due to tendinitis in his right flexor muscle. An MRI found no structural damage to Floyd's elbow, though. The White Sox also activated pitcher Philip Humber off the DL.


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