This will be the first time Votto has played in fewer than 100 games in a 162-game season since 2014 when he was limitedf to 62 games because of a quadriceps injury and didn’t play after July 5.
Votto said he first injured the shoulder in 2015 but has played through the pain. He got hit by a baserunner on a play at the line.
“It bothered me for a bit afterwards,” Votto said, “but the pain subsided and the strength returned. I was able to manage it, but the doctor informed me that with these sorts of injuries at some point you hit a breaking point and you’re not able to manage it quite as well.”
Only in the last three or four months has it gotten painful to the point where it hurts even when he’s sleeping or when he tries to lift his arm. An MRI 5-10 days ago confirmed the injury.
“I’m not sure if it’s affected my performance,” Votto said. “I can’t say that. I don’t want to make an excuse. But surgery is necessary.”