Joey Votto returns from IL, Tyler Naquin OK

After six rehab games at Triple-A Louisville, which included two at first base, Joey Votto is ready to put any thoughts of his broken thumb behind him. 

His new focus? 

The Cincinnati Reds are within one game of .500 after sweeping the St. Louis Cardinals last weekend and Great American Ball Park returned to 100% capacity for the first time this year on Tuesday. 

"I don't want to dismiss the performance over the last little bit, but we have big plans and big goals, and we're not quite there yet," Votto said. "As it stands right now, we're heading in the direction we want to go, but we're not quite to that destination."

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (19) fields a groundball during the third inning baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

Votto enjoyed watching the Reds sweep the Cardinals on their road trip, their first four-game sweep in St. Louis since 1990. The Reds were swept in St. Louis in April. 

"We had some (trash)-talking (expletive) in St. Louis after the first series sweep," Votto said. "It's nice to go on the road, at their ballpark and let them have it. We had some people sweeping brooms and (stuff) like that while we were leaving. So, how'd you like that? How'd you like that? Lots of season left."

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