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Joey Votto needs knee surgery

Updated: July 17, 2012, 1:02 PM ET
Associated Press

CINCINNATI -- Reds first baseman Joey Votto will have surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee, leaving the NL Central leaders without their best hitter for the next three to four weeks.

The 2010 National League MVP hurt the knee while sliding into third base June 29 in San Francisco, but has continued playing. Votto started for the NL in the All-Star Game last Tuesday.

A medical exam Monday night detected the tear and Votto will have arthroscopic surgery on Tuesday.

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