07/05/11 7:21 PM ET
Votto willing, but not picked for Derby
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
Arroyo shakes off dizziness, set for Wednesday
ST. LOUIS -- A day after suffering dizziness, Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo was fine on Tuesday and had no qualms about making his scheduled start on Wednesday against the Cardinals."I felt good all last night, and I feel perfect today," Arroyo said. Monday wasn't the first time that Arroyo had issues with feeling dizzy. He's had issues with vertigo and motion sickness in his younger years, including in the Minor Leagues. It's only happened once before during his six seasons with the Reds. "In 2006, I woke up one day and felt like I was on a boat, like I was seasick," Arroyo said. "I puked at the park all day, and I wasn't sure it was food poisoning or what. I missed that start, it went away and came back a couple of days later. It's been gone ever since. I woke up yesterday morning and it wasn't nearly that bad. It was mild, but it was hard to focus in on anything without the whole room moving. By the time I got to the park, I was still feeling bad." Arroyo was given medication and took a two-hour nap at the ballpark on Monday afternoon. Feeling better, he was able to throw his side bullpen session without issues. The Reds had scratched Triple-A Louisville's Dontrelle Willis from his start that evening just in case Arroyo wouldn't be ready. But Willis was not called up.
Pujols' quick return no surprise to Reds
ST. LOUIS -- That the Cardinals activated superstar first baseman Albert Pujols on Tuesday from the 15-day disabled list on the first day he was eligible was remarkable. Pujols was expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a fractured left wrist, but was obviously back much faster."I didn't think it was going to take as long as they said originally, knowing Albert," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "Modern medicine, and he was probably working on it around the clock -- no, it doesn't really surprise me. Somebody else maybe, but not him." Pujols was not in Tuesday's starting lineup, but was expected to start on Wednesday. "I'll take anyone else in that lineup other than Albert [even] with a broken wrist," said Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo, Wednesday's scheduled starter. "When somebody is in the lineup, you don't have any idea how much it's bothering him, or if it is even bothering him. You have to assume Albert is the Albert of old."
The Reds entered Tuesday 12-18 in one-run games this season. The 18 losses are fourth most in the Majors and second most in the National League behind the Marlins' 19.