Joey Votto has played baseball again. The former National League MVP began his rehab stint with Class A Dayton on Tuesday, going 0-for-1 with a walk and a swinging strikeout. Votto played five clean innings in the field before leaving the game as planned. "That I'm able to play today I think speaks to the progress I've made," Votto said. "I'm happy that I'm finally out on the field playing with a team. I'm not at 100 percent yet, but usually when you do your rehab game you aren't." The Reds have played some of their best baseball in his absence, going 28-14 since Votto left the lineup July 16. D-backs: Rotation stocked with young guns
Typically, veteran experience is more conducive to winning baseball while the younger players often go through their early-career bumps. That hasn't exactly been the case for the D-backs, who sport the youngest rotation in the Major Leagues. Corbin takes the mound Wednesday as the second-youngest starter on the staff at age 23. Tyler Skaggs, Monday's starter is just 21, with Trevor Cahill (24), Wade Miley (25) and Ian Kennedy (27) rounding out the rotation -- one that could mean an even brighter future in Arizona. "To me, that's the rotation we would like to have in place for years to come, although we might have gotten to them sooner because of injuries and trades that were able to make," D-backs president Derrick Hall said. "Hopefully, one day we can resemble the rotation the Braves had in the early '90s when they were very young, yet they were together for so many years and had so many pennants together. Are we going to be the Braves? I think everybody aspires to be, but who knows?" Worth noting
J.J. Putz has converted 17 straight save opportunities, the fourth-longest active streak in the Majors. The Reds have used 33 players this season, the fewest in the Major Leagues.