Votto Ready For Rehab Assignment

CINCINNATI (AP) - Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto, on
the disabled list since May 30 with stress-related issues, is
expected to head to a minor-league rehab assignment Wednesday
"That was the plan a few days ago," Cincinnati manager Dusty
Baker said before the Reds game against Atlanta.
Votto took batting practice with his teammates the last two
days. Despite speculation that he might want to be ready for the
Reds' visit June 23-25 to his hometown of Toronto for an
interleague series with the Blue Jays, Baker believed that was
"He'd want to go there," said Baker, who was hoping to have
Votto back by June 30, when the Reds return from their next road
trip. "You always want to go home, but realistically, Toronto is
Tuesday. If he left (Thursday), that's not enough time. I'm
probably thinking, realistically, after this road trip, to make
sure he's super ready in all departments for the next three months.
It's kind of like spring training for him. He's got to get his legs
under him, his wind back."
Votto, who also missed several games and had to leave others
early in May with dizziness caused by an inner-ear infection, is
hitting .357 with eight home run and 33 RBI.

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