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Joey Votto off DL, returns to Reds' lineup

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 10, 2014 at 7:37 pm •  Published: June 10, 2014

CINCINNATI (AP) — Nobody in baseball likes to use injuries as an excuse, including Bryan Price.

That being said (one of Price's favorite phrases), the first-year Cincinnati Reds manager almost can't wait until Saturday.

That is when he plans to write pitcher Mat Latos' name into the starting lineup, all but giving Price his first look at the team he hoped to be managing when he took the job last October.

Latos and first baseman Joey Votto completed rehab assignments with Triple-A Louisville on Monday.

Votto, sidelined since May 16 with a quadriceps strain in his left knee, was activated from the 15-day disabled list before Tuesday night's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Latos, who hasn't pitched all year after having surgery on his right elbow last October and his left knee on Valentine's Day, is tentatively scheduled to start Saturday in Milwaukee.

"This is as close to being whole as we've been all year," Price said Tuesday.

Votto was the 12th player placed on the disabled list by the Reds this season. Catcher Devin Mesoraco's two trips meant those 12 players had made a total of 13 appearances on the DL. Last season, 11 Reds players made a total of 15 appearances.

Votto was set to bat third Tuesday night. He hadn't played since going on the disabled list May 21, retroactive to May 16, with an injury to the same knee that required two operations in 2012. The Reds went 11-12 without the 2010 NL MVP, who was hitting .257 with six home runs and 12 RBIs in 39 games.

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