Cincinnati Reds: 3 replacements at first base with Joey Votto on injured list

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (19) talks about his day off and recent switch from Android to iPhone with the first base umpire.
Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (19) talks about his day off and recent switch from Android to iPhone with the first base umpire. /
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Mike Moustakas #9 of the Cincinnati Reds fields a ground ball against the Chicago White Sox.
CINCINNATI, OH – SEPTEMBER 20: Mike Moustakas #9 of the Cincinnati Reds fields a ground ball against the Chicago White Sox. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images) /

Joey Votto has tested positive for COVID-19, and the former MVP will be shelved for at least the next seven days. Votto was placed on the injured list and the Cincinnati Reds may need a replacement at first base for Opening Day if the six-time All-Star is not back by April 1st.

The Reds are not devoid of players who are able to field the position, but there’s no top tier prospect or young gun within the organization who’s ready to step up and fill in for Votto. Let’s take a look at the three most likely options should the 14-year veteran miss any time to begin the 2021 season.

Mike Moustakas, Reds second baseman

The most likely candidate would be Cincinnati’s second baseman Mike Moustakas. Last year’s prize free agent signing was brought to the Queen City to field second base, but he filled in at first base for 10 games last season with eight starts.

Moustakas is looking for a bounce-back season after hitting just .230/.331/.468 with eight home runs and 23 RBIs. Moustakas spent some time on the injured list last season and is hopeful to be a fixture in the middle of the Cincinnati lineup.

If Moose was moved to first base temporarily, the Cincinnati Reds have a plethora of options available to fill in at second base. Alex Blandino, Dee Strange-Gordon, Kyle Holder, and top infield prospect Jonathan India are all options.

One name you won’t hear is Nick Senzel. Many fans have floated the idea this offseason of Senzel returning to the infield dirt, but Cincinnati’s front office and coaching staff have been steadfast in their thought that Senzel is now the team’s everyday centerfielder. If Joey Votto misses any time, Mike Moustakas is the most likely candidate to take over at first base.