The Reds are getting as close to full strength as they've been in 2014. Tuesday, the club announced that first baseman Joey Votto was activated from the disabled list. As a corresponding move, first baseman/outfielder Donald Lutz was optioned back to Triple-A Louisville. Votto is batting third for the Reds Tuesday night against the Dodgers.
Earlier in the day, the Louisville Bats' official Twitter account indicated that both Votto and starting pitcher Mat Latos departed the team, where they were serving a rehab assignment. Latos hasn't yet been activated because his turn to pitch won't come up for a few days. He started Monday night's Bats' game, working 5 2/3 innings and allowing one run on four hits. He'll start Saturday (ignore the typo in the hashtag):
Latos will start Saturday. No roster move with him as of yet. #refs— John Fay (@johnfayman) June 10, 2014
Votto went 2-for-6 in his two rehab starts for Louisville. The 30-year-old former NL MVP is hitting .257/.410/.449 (137 OPS+) with eight doubles and six homers in 39 games this season. The Reds haven't had both him and Jay Bruce together in the lineup since May 4.
Latos, 26, was 14-7 with a 3.16 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 187 strikeouts in 210 2/3 innings last season. Knee and elbow issues have kept him on the disabled list throughout the 2014 season.
The Reds enter Tuesday with a disappointing 29-33 record, but that still leaves them only 3.5 games out of the second wild-card spot.