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The Reds didn't immediately make a move to replace him on the roster.
Cincinnati has been in first place for 45 days because of its pitching and the NL's top defense. The Reds have used only five starters, a modern franchise record this deep into the season, and their bullpen is the best in the league.
The offense has struggled, ranking in the middle of the league, and the loss of Votto costs the team its most consistent hitter.
Votto was named MVP after the Reds' run to the NL Central title in 2010, but Cincinnati got swept by Philadelphia in the first round of the playoffs.
He received a 10-year contract extension before the start of this season that added $225 million to his deal.
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