On Sunday morning Joey Votto was scratched from the Cincinnati Reds lineup before game 1 of their doubleheader with the Detroit Tigers. He reported symptoms out of caution that morning, but had not tested positive on any test up to that point. The Reds placed him on the injured list as a result – but the COVID-19 injured list doesn’t require a set amount of time for a stay, just that a player test negative twice with the two tests coming 24 hours or more apart with no positive tests mixed in.
Jon Morosi of MLB Network is reporting that Joey Votto tested negative for COVID-19 and has traveled back to Cincinnati. Had he tested positive, then he would have had to stay in Detroit to quarantine. Morosi is also reporting that the team is optimistic he could return to the lineup as soon as today. That would be a much quicker turnaround than expected given that it took both Mike Moustakas and Nick Senzel, who also reported symptoms but didn’t test positive, four days AND an appeal in order to be allowed to play.
NEWS: Joey Votto has tested negative for COVID-19 and traveled back to Cincinnati, sources say. #Reds are optimistic he will return to the active roster soon, perhaps as early as today. @MLB @MLBNetwork
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) August 3, 2020
Update: 3:20pm ET
Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting that Joey Votto is ready to go and is in the lineup tonight for the Cincinnati Reds.
— Bobby Nightengale (@nightengalejr) August 3, 2020
Since he was placed on the injured list it requires a roster move. C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic is now reporting that the move was optioning outfielder Aristides Aquino to the Prasco Park roster.