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07/05/11 7:21 PM ET

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."

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.

Votto willing, but not picked for Derby

ST. LOUIS -- No Reds All-Stars were selected Tuesday by National League captain Prince Fielder to participate in next week's Home Run Derby at Chase Field. Fielder picked Brewers teammate Rickie Weeks, the Dodgers' Matt Kemp and the Cardinals' Matt Holliday.

Reds first baseman Joey Votto didn't expect an invitation, but was willing to participate before Fielder's decision was revealed.

"Last year, I was a little run down and the All-Star Game came too quickly on me. This year I have more time, and it would be a good experience," Votto said. "Another reason I'd do it is that place is air conditioned in Arizona. In the middle of summer and you do it outdoors, like in St. Louis, it takes two or three days to recover at least."

Votto wasn't concerned that he wouldn't be getting the full four days off during the All-Star break like most of his teammates. After last year's All-Star Game, he was 1-for-16 over the first four games of the second half. Taken into consideration was that Votto did a media blitz as part of the All-Star Final Vote campaign, which he won. He had to make speedy arrangements for his family to be at the game, and flew cross-country from Philadelphia to Anaheim for the All-Star festivities.

Of course, Votto eventually found his groove again and went on to overwhelmingly win the 2010 National League Most Valuable Player Award.

"You don't get consecutive days of rest during the season, so it will feel normal," Votto said. "My preference, I don't think I'd be comfortable taking four days off with my swing and with ground balls, too. You can get stiff or a little out of sync. I actually enjoy the All-Star Game for that particular reason."

Worth noting

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.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.