But at least doctors now know what the problem is. Votto was diagnosed with a left inner ear infection Thursday. The Reds’ top hitter, who has missed all or parts of 10 games because of the flu or dizzy spells, won’t need to be put on the disabled list and could be back in the lineup within days.
“After all the tests I went through, it was a pretty scary few days,” Votto said after the Reds’ 12-5 loss to the Phillies on Thursday. “A lot of the tests were pretty imposing and I never experienced them before. To get them all back negative was a big relief. I’m not going to get into detail, but none of them [the tests] were fun. I feel like a pin cushion.”
Edinson Volquez (back spasms) has been placed on the 15-day DL retroactive to Sunday. Homer Bailey will be called up to start in Volquez’ place Saturday vs. Cleveland.