Votto has inner ear infection
The tests are back on Joey Votto and the diagnosis behind his dizziness was a left inner ear infection.
“I’m just glad they found what it was. I’m thankful and grateful,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said.
Team internist Dr. Stephen Cleves and medical director Dr. Tim Kremchek made the diagnosis on Thursday after results from an audiologist came back.
“All other testing was normal,” Reds head trainer Mark Mann said. “The only thing that came back irregular was the audiology tests that indicated he had an inner ear infection that was secondary to the upper respiratory infection he had 10 days ago, which I get from Dr. Cleves, is a common occurance.
“The last four days Joey has felt much better. He has not had any more symptoms since he got back to Cincinnati.”
Votto first came down with the flu on May 7 and missed four starts. Then he took a flight with the club from Cincinnati to Phoenix with the team on May 10 for a West Coast road trip.
“That’s probably what set things off or started the symptoms,” Mann said. “And then flying from Phoenix to San Diego. That’s why he ended up having the symptoms again on Saturday.”
Votto was resting Thursday morning and will made available to the media following today’s game. The Reds first baseman is listed as day to day. He did a light workout on Wednesday and was scheduled to do likewise Thursday, plus hit in the indoor cage.
“Our game plan at this point is if everything goes well today, he will participate in full activity tomorrow with his teammates before the game – stretch, throw, take groundballs, take batting practice on the field,” Mann said. “If all goes well, we’ll go from there. Right now, it’s just a day by day process.”
“I’m sure he hasn’t been sleeping or resting much,” Baker said. “You’re worrying about something that you don’t know what you’re worrying about. That’s real worry right there.”
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