Votto a late scratch with sore shoulder

Votto a late scratch with sore shoulder

WASHINGTON -- The Reds scratched first baseman Joey Votto from Saturday's lineup because of a sore right shoulder about an hour before they played the Nationals and took a 9-4 win in 10 innings.

Votto was injured in the 13th inning of the Reds' 3-2 loss to Washington on Friday after he hustled for a double and made a hard headfirst slide into second base.

"We're going to go day to day," manager Bryan Price said. "It just wasn't good [today]. We'll see where he's at tomorrow and make that decision in the morning."

Left fielder Adam Duvall, who had been scheduled to get a day off, replaced Votto at first base and made an immediate impact, getting the Reds on the board with a two-run double in the first inning. He finished with two doubles and a walk in six plate appearances.

Duvall's two-run double

Votto is batting .255/.380/.458 with 14 home runs and 40 RBIs in 79 games this season. He's been one of Cincinnati's hotter hitters of late, going 6-for-11 in his last three games and batting .330/.467/.557 with five homers, seven doubles and 10 RBIs over his last 27 games since June 1.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Read his blog, Mark My Word, follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.