MLB notes: Votto defends holding off on MRI

Reds batter Joey Votto reacts after striking out against the Nationals at Nationals Park in...

Reds batter Joey Votto reacts after striking out against the Nationals at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., April 12, 2012. (JONATHAN ERNST/Reuters)

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Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto defended his decision to hold off having an MRI done on his injured left knee Wednesday.

Votto had arthroscopic surgery on a torn meniscus Tuesday, a day after an MRI revealed the extent of the injury, which occurred during a game in San Francisco on June 29. That sparked a wave of grumbling that the all-star from Etobicoke, Ont., should have had the test done sooner.

But Votto, standing on crutches in the Reds clubhouse Wednesday, disagreed.

"I was feeling great," Votto said on the team's website. "Those four days off at the All-Star Game and then coming back, I was almost 85-90% running. Then all of a sudden, it started swelling up and it felt like I tweaked something. It felt like it felt in San Francisco. That's when I knew it was time to go in and talk some more to them.

"They did all the structural tests they could and then strength tests. I passed them all (the first time). Nobody is at fault here."

And he said if he had to do it all over again, he wouldn't do anything differently.

"No. I really wouldn't," Votto said. "All of us players, we deal with things here and there. Sometimes, you think you might need some help and then it heals. Other times, you don't think you need help and it's something serious. I was always taught to stay out of the training room, play as much as you can, and if you can play, play. For better or worse in the long run, that's going to pay off for me and for the Reds."

Votto, who is batting .342 with 14 homers and 49 RBIs this season, is expected to miss 3-4 weeks.

ROYALS GET PICKS

The Kansas City Royals will get an additional first-round pick in next year's draft.

The Royals got the 32nd pick in 2013 after being drawn first in MLB's first-ever Competitive Balance Lottery Wednesday in Secaucus, N.J. The Pittsburgh Pirates, Arizona Diamondbacks, Baltimore Orioles, Cincinnati Reds and Miami Marlins will also get an additional "A Round" pick.

The San Diego Padres, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Oakland A's, Milwaukee Brewers and Detroit Tigers will all pick in that order in the "B Round," which is currently set to start at the 70th pick. The St. Louis Cardinals and Tampa Bay Rays won't receive any additional picks.

"Everything we do in the collective bargaining process is based on the commissioner's mandate to preserve competitive balance," Major League Baseball's executive vice president for economics and league affairs Rob Manfred said. "This is designed to give smaller market and revenue teams access to talent."

The teams entered in the lotytery were the 10 lowest revenue clubs and 10 lowest market teams. The Tigers were added because they were the only team not in the original group to receive revenue-sharing money.

RED SOX DENY RUMOURS

Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington denied reports Wednesday that outfielder Carl Crawford was on the verge of being traded to the Miami Marlins.

One report said Crawford, who made his 2012 season debut on Monday, would be dealt for infielder Hanley Ramirez and closer Heath Bell while another said the Red Sox would be getting Ramirez or shortstop Jose Reyes in return.

"We have not offered Carl to a single team," Cherington told USA Today. "We have not pursued anything on Carl Crawford. Carl is our left fielder."

Crawford missed the first 89 games of the season with a sprained ligament in his left elbow, an injury that will likely require Tommy John surgery in the off-season. He said he was surprised by the trade rumours, even though the deadline for non-waiver deals is July 31.

"I hadn't heard too much about it but there's really nothing to say about it," he said. "I just have to be ready to play everyday because those kinds of things come up. I just shrug it off."

LONGING FOR EVAN

The Tampa Bay Rays still don't know when third baseman Evan Longoria, out since April 30 with a partially torn left hamstring, will be healthy enough to play.

Longoria will join his teammates on their road trip, which begins in Baltimore, but it will only be to continue working with the team's trainers. He took batting practice Wednesday but a return to the lineup doesn't sound imminent.

"I still don't know exactly when," Rays manager Joe Maddon said on the team's website. "He's gonna come on the trip with us and try to involve the baseball skill work also. From there, we'll try to determine the appropriate time to send him back out (for a rehab start). But we haven't decided that yet."

Outfielder Sam Fuld, who hasn't played this season after having wrist surgery, could be back before the end of this home stand, though. Fuld has been on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Durham and Single-A Charlotte.

BRIEFLY

The San Francisco Giants put catcher Hector Sanchez on the 15-day disabled list and called up catcher Eli Whiteside from Triple-A Fresno. Sanchez was forced to leave Tuesday's game against Atlanta with a sprained left knee ... The Boston Red Sox are expected to activate second baseman Dustin Pedroia off the 15-day DL Thursday, the first day he is eligible. Pedroia was on the DL with a strained right thumb. The Red Sox also put DH David Ortiz on the 15-day DL with a strained right Achilles tendon ... Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun is expected to return to the lineup Friday after sitting out Wednesday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals with a right groin strain. Braun aggravated the lingering injury in Tuesday's game.


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