06/23/09 1:03 PM ET
Votto ready to return, comes off DL
Sidelined since May 30, slugger third on team in HRs, RBIs
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
MLB.com learned on Monday that Votto was on the Reds' charter flight to Toronto, where the Reds will open a three-game series on Tuesday vs. the Blue Jays.
Votto, a Toronto native, has been out because of an undisclosed stress-related issue. Before that development, the 25-year-old missed 12 starts because of dizziness brought on by an inner ear infection.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. Votto played in three rehabilitation assignment games with Class A clubs in Sarasota and Dayton and one intrasquad scrimmage before it was decided to bring him back. He was 3-for-9 in his three games with a home run.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.