For the first time since May 15, Joey Votto will be in the Cincinnati Reds starting lineup when the club takes the field for battle.
This is because the 30-year-old was activated from the disabled list prior to Tuesday's home tilt against the Dodgers. Donald Lutz was optioned to Triple-A Louisville in order to make room for Votto on the 25-man roster.
The return of Votto is a much-need shot in the arm for the Reds, who have had tremendous trouble generating offense lately (and for much of the 2014 campaign for that matter). Votto will look to bolster a Cincinnati offense that currently ranks second-to-last in Major League Baseball in overall runs scored (215). Only the Padres have scored fewer this year (195).
Before Votto went on the disabled list, he was batting .257/.410/.449 with six home runs and 12 RBI.
As for Lutz, the German native saw little action in his brief stint with the big club, going 2-for-13 with two walks and five strikeouts.