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Joey Votto returns to Reds lineup for first time since July

Sep 5, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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Joey Votto returned from the disabled list yesterday, but wasn’t in the Reds’ starting lineup and didn’t appear in the game off the bench.

That all changes this afternoon, as Votto officially completes his comeback from knee surgery by being in the lineup for the first time since July 15.

It’ll be interesting to see how often (and how well) Votto plays down the stretch, because Todd Frazier‘s emergence in his absence leaves manager Dusty Baker with some tough lineup decisions and Votto admitted yesterday that he’s returning despite not being 100 percent healthy.

For today’s game Votto is starting at first base and batting third, while Frazier is starting at third base with Scott Rolen on the bench.

  1. johnnyb1976 - Sep 5, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    And he singled in his first AB back. Just like he hasn’t missed a thing.

  2. coachbeck - Sep 5, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Reds = complete team

  3. thefalcon123 - Sep 5, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    Since the Reds went 33-16 in his absence, he is obviously a drain on the team and should therefore be benched.

    Signed,

    A Cardinals Fan Who Really Doesn’t Want To See How Good This Reds Team Is *With* Votto.

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 5, 2012 at 4:09 PM

      Absolutely Falcon. As I stated a few weeks ago…they really need to just sit Joey.
      After all…they wouldn’t want to mess up that team chemistry.

    • brucewaynewins - Sep 5, 2012 at 6:06 PM

      As a Reds fan I find this funny (not in a mocking way). I remember my favorite post from 2 years ago from a Cardinals fan. Votto had not signed any type of new contract yet and rumors were running the Reds had to trade him. The Cardinals fan commented :

      “Please trade Joey Votto to the Yankees, Red Sox, Blue Jays, or Cincinnati Bengals. Just as long as he’s out of the NL and especially the NL Central.”
      :D

  4. natibengalgirl - Sep 5, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    Redlegs baby!

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