Votto goes back on DL

Votto was the 2010 National League MVP. Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Reds placed first baseman Joey Votto on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a quad injury. This is Votto’s second DL stint of the season due to the injury, and no timetable has been given for a potential return.

Reds manager Bryan Price told the Cincinnati Enquirer the “goal is to get Votto back before year’s out,” which could mean he will miss extended time.

Votto, 30, is in the midst of his worst MLB season, with his .255 batting average and .799 OPS both far below his career marks, a circumstance that may be attributable to the injuries that have dogged him all year. While Votto’s excellent plate discipline has hardly been affected, his power has clearly been sapped all season long.

If he happens to convalesce quickly, he will be eligible to return July 20, as he sat out Sunday and Monday’s games.