Votto is in Toronto
Joey Votto is in Toronto and will likely come off of the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday when the Reds open a three-game series vs. the Blue Jays. Votto took the charter flight with the team late Monday afternoon.
I was honestly a little surprised the uber-private would choose his hometown Toronto as the location for his return from the stress-related issue that’s kept him out since May 30. But he proved he was ready to play after three games with Class A Sarasota and Dayton (3-for-9 with a homer) and one intrasquad game.
It will be interesting to see how he handles questions from both the regular baseball beat reporters and the Canadian media, which had a big presence during Votto’s visit with the Reds last season.
The 34-34 Reds could sorely use Votto’s presence in the lineup after going 8-13 without him. He is batting .357 with eight home runs, 33 RBIs and a .464 on-base percentage in 38 games.