Joey Votto’s rehab assignment has been changed. After playing two games with the Triple-A Louisville Bats, Votto will now spend some time with the High-A Dayton Dragons. The first baseman went 1-4 with three walks and an RBI while with Louisville. The Bats are hitting the road for their next series, and with the Dragons playing at home in Dayton, Votto will make the short trip up the interstate to continue to see live pitching starting on Tuesday night.
It won’t be the first time for Votto to rehab in Dayton. Back in 2009 he played in two rehab games with the Dragons and even homered in one of them. He returned to Dayton in 2012 for three games and went 1-5 with three walks in that stint with the Dragons.
Joey Votto last played in the big leagues on May 1st. He went on the COVID injury list two days later. He didn’t begin his rehab stint with the Bats until May 14th – missing nearly two weeks where he didn’t see any live pitching.
More from the minor league front: Robert Dugger has accepted his outright to Triple-A Louisville. It’s been a whirlwind two weeks for the right-handed pitcher. Cincinnati claimed Dugger on waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays on May 4th after they designated him for assignment. Three days later he was pitching for the Reds in game two of their doubleheader against the Pirates, giving up three runs in 3.0 innings. Cincinnati then designated him for assignment the next day. He cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Louisville.
The team then added him back to the 40-man roster four days later. He didn’t pitch before he was once against designated for assignment on Saturday. He could clear waivers again and was outrighted back to Triple-A. This time, though, he had the choice to accept the outright or to choose to become a free agent. He opted to accept the outright and report to Louisville.