Reds activate Votto

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The Cincinnati Reds activated first baseman Joey Votto from the 15-day disabled list and called up three pitchers from the minors.

Votto, who has not played for the Reds since July 15, had two arthroscopic surgeries to repair torn meniscus cartilage in his left knee. The Reds, however, went 32-16 in Votto's absence, increased their lead in the NL Central and rose to the top of the standings in all of baseball.

The 2010 National League MVP has a .342 batting average to go with 14 homers and 49 RBI in 86 games this season. Votto was not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Phillies.

The Reds also recalled pitchers Todd Redmond and Pedro Villarreal from Triple- A Louisville and purchased the contract of pitcher Tony Cingrani from Double-A Pensacola.