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Reds Get Fantastic News With Latest Joey Votto COVID Update

Devon Platana
The Cincinnati Reds have received fantastic news with the latest Joey Votto COVID update.
The Cincinnati Reds have received fantastic news with the latest Joey Votto COVID update. / Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Reds are likely wishing that they could have a redo on the entire 2022 MLB season. It certainly doesn't help that starting first baseman Joey Votto has been sidelined for over two weeks due to COVID-19.

Reds fans finally had something to be excited about on Friday after the club revealed that Votto has been cleared to return to the lineup. He's been playing rehab games lately to get cleared, leaving fans hoping for a bounce-back after a slow start to the year.

Joey Votto COVID Update

Votto will likely make his MLB return in his home country of Canada when the Reds begin a three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday.

The Reds need Votto to be a lot better than he was before he entered COVID protocol. The 38-year-old slugger went without a home run and only three RBIs in his first 74 at-bats of the season. He's struck out on a career-worst 32.2% of plate appearances while batting an uninspiring .122.

The good news is that Votto has played well in the Reds' recent tilts against the Blue Jays. He's batted .320 in his last seven games against Toronto, racking up eight hits, two HRs, four RBIs and 15 total bases. Unfortunately, Cincinnati only won three of those games.

The Reds will open Friday's matchup as +144 moneyline underdogs, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, while the Blue Jays are favored -172 at the Rogers Centre.

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