5/30 at PIT
Reds lineup vs. Pirates
*This is Joey Votto’s first day off from the lineup this season. Dusty Baker had indicated a day off was coming for Votto, and with Thursday’s scheduled day off for the team, this effectively gives him a two-day break.
**UPDATED INFO –
The last time Votto did not start a game was 8/23/11. The last time he did not play at all was 5/9/11. He currently has 176 consecutive games played heading into tonight, which is tops among active NL players. The active “iron man” of baseball is Detroit’s Prince Fielder, who has 230 consecutive games heading into tonight.
After the 5/9/11 total off day, Votto went 7-for-14 over his next three games. He went 8-for-20 following the 8/23/11 break.
**UPDATE No. 2 –
Votto was not in the clubhouse this afternoon. Baker said that Votto was involved in the decision making.
“I talked to Joey about a week ago and we came up with this day as the best day,” Baker said. “I was a little apprehensive if two days in a row [off] would hurt his stroke. He said it was not going to bother him at all. Joey Votto knows Joey Votto pretty well. When a guy gets to a certain stature and certain prowess, you owe it to him and us to discuss it with him.”
There will be more on MLB.com later…