A blister on Johnny Cueto's index finger has healed well enough for him to return to action.
The same can't be said for teammate Joey Votto's knee.
While Cueto will be on the mound, the Reds must continue to get by without their top hitter Tuesday night against the visiting Diamondbacks.
Batting .342 and leading the majors with 36 doubles and a .465 on-base percentage, Votto will miss three to four weeks after he undergoes surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee. The 2010 NL MVP hurt his knee late last month but continued to play before sitting out Monday.
"It is in my best interest and in the best interest of the team to do it now so that I can be healthy during the last two months of the pennant race," Votto said.
It could be a major blow for a Cincinnati club that is currently fighting with Pittsburgh for first place in the NL Central. The Reds (50-39), whose six-game winning streak ended with a 5-3 loss to the D-backs on Monday, are batting .249 and have been left...