Reds activate Votto from injured list

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The Cincinnati Reds have activated first baseman Joey Votto from the injured list, the club announced Friday ahead of its series opener against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Votto, 38, has been sidelined with COVID-19 since May 3 and said he dealt with symptoms for more than a week after contracting the virus.

The former National League MVP will return to action in his hometown of Toronto.

"I just want to come back and perform well. I've performed so poorly this season; it's not something I'm comfortable with or used to," Votto said Thursday, according to MLB.com's Mark Sheldon.

The six-time All-Star endured a frigid start to the season before his absence. Votto is slashing a paltry .122/.278/.135 with zero home runs and three RBIs in 22 games.

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