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Reds place 1B Joey Votto on 15-day DL with leg injury, reinstate OF Jay Bruce from DL

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WASHINGTON - Optimism gave way to reality for Canadian Joey Votto on Wednesday when the Cincinnati Reds placed the first baseman on the 15-day disabled list with a left leg injury.

The Reds made the move before the series finale against the Washington Nationals. Votto, from Toronto, had already missed five games with a quadriceps strain in his left knee.

The Reds had kept playing a man short, expecting Votto would return quickly. Manager Bryan Price said Tuesday he was optimistic Votto would be back for a homestand that starts Friday.

That won't be the case.

"We don't want to give Joey a week off and then have Joey slightly improved from when we left him," Price said after Wednesday's 2-1 win. "We may not be able to get him to 100 per cent during the year, but 90 per cent would be a lot better than 50 per cent."

The move is retroactive to May 16.

Votto is hitting .257 with six home runs and 12 RBIs.

The Reds also reinstated outfielder Jay Bruce from the 15-day DL. He had arthroscopic surgery May 5 to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. He did not play Wednesday.

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