MILWAUKEE -- Reds first baseman Joey Votto was scratched from Tuesday's lineup vs. the Brewers because he wasn't feeling well, manager Dusty Baker revealed. "He has a very serious sinus infection, which is tough," Baker said. "All that hitting, base running and all that, there's got to be some fatigue. You don't get fatigue physically making outs. You get fatigue hitting and running the bases." Jim Edmonds, originally slated to play center field, was moved to first base for Votto, and Chris Heisey played center field. Jay Bruce moved up to take Votto's third spot in the lineup.
Baker had been looking for a chance to give a break to Votto, who had played 31 straight games since his last day off on Aug. 18 -- which was for stiffness in his lower back. But he was holding off because the first-place Reds haven't clinched the National League Central race yet. Votto is also competing for some individual offensive achievements. A National League MVP candidate, Votto's two-run home run in the eighth inning helped give the Reds a 5-2 win over Milwaukee on Monday. This season, the 27-year-old's .323 average and 106 RBIs are third in the league, and he is tied for second with 35 home runs.