Joey Votto serves one-game suspension, Sonny Gray rehab assignment

MINNEAPOLIS – Joey Votto served a one-game suspension Tuesday because of his "aggressive actions" when he was ejected in the first inning Saturday against the San Diego Padres.

Votto disagreed with the third-base umpire when it was ruled that he swung on a check-swing. After walking toward the visiting dugout along the third-base line, Votto turned around to argue with home-plate umpire Ryan Additon.

The Reds' Joey Votto argues a called third strike during the first inning against the Padres at Petco Park on Saturday.

Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell tried to stand in front of Votto to prevent an ejection, but it didn’t work. An animated Votto went face-to-face with Additon for a moment and then tried to continue the argument for about 30 seconds.

Votto didn’t comment on what Additon said to him. He was initially handed a two-game suspension, but it was negotiated down to one game.

“The specifics of it, you know, it's not as entertaining if I give you the ins and outs of it,” Votto said Sunday. “It doesn't really matter. Yeah. Nobody really wants to know how fireworks work, right? He was right to throw me out, there's no question about it. We've got to keep the game moving.”

The Reds' Joey Votto argues a called third strike during the first inning against the Padres at Petco Park on Saturday.

Votto was suspended twice during the 2015 season, once for bumping umpire Chris Conroy and once for “inappropriate actions” after he was ejected from a game.

He was asked Sunday about a potential suspension.

“It has been a while, hasn't it?” Votto said. “Am I worried about getting suspended? If I’m proposed with that, I'll deal with that. I'm not even thinking about that to be honest with you.”

The Reds played with a two-man bench Sunday because of Votto’s suspension and outfielder Scott Heineman was optioned to Triple-A Louisville to make room for Tejay Antone on the 26-man roster.

Injured Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Sonny Gray (54) talks in the dugout in the eighth inning of the MLB National League game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Milwaukee Brewers at Great American Ball Park in downtown Cincinnati on Thursday, June 10, 2021. The Reds lost 7-2 despite Luis Castillo only giving up one run through six innings.

GRAY DAY SOON: Sonny Gray is scheduled to rejoin the Reds’ starting rotation on June 29 for the series opener against the San Diego Padres next week at Great American Ball Park.

Gray will throw a three-inning rehab assignment at Triple-A Louisville on Thursday, and then he will be set to return to the Reds five days afterward. If all starters remain on schedule, he will fill Tony Santillan’s spot in the rotation.

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