* After three weeks on the disabled list with what MLB.com calls "an undisclosed stress-related issue" Joey Votto is back with the Reds and in the starting lineup for tonight's game against the Blue Jays. Votto was hitting .357/.464/.627 with eight homers, 10 doubles, and 23 walks in 151 plate appearances before landing on the shelf and the Reds went 8-13 without him.
* According to the Philadelphia Daily News, Ryan Howard is expected to play tonight after his MLB-best streak of 343 straight games was snapped Sunday because of acute sinusitis. Howard was hospitalized over the weekend with a 104-degree fever, but still managed to smack a three-run homer off the bench Saturday.
* Grady Sizemore is back after being on the DL since last month with left elbow inflammation, but has said that season-ending surgery may still be needed if he suffers another setback. Sizemore was hitting just .233/.309/.417 in 49 games before taking the time off and will be playing through pain, so it'll be interesting to see if he can get back on track while in the lineup every day.