This is really one of the more bizarre set of circumstances surrounding a player that I can recall in a long time. Reminds me of when Greinke took some time off a few years back. It's really killing me, especially since I just traded my backup 1B, Billy Butler, under the assumption Votto was getting better.
“He’s dealing with a personal issue. He wants us to respect his privacy about that,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said.
No more details were revealed, at Votto’s request. There was no timetable for a return.
“They weren’t informed about what was wrong,” Baker said of the meeting. “I just told them we have to stick together, even more than ever. Whatever it is, we need to support him. This is like a member of your family. Right now, he needs their support and love and understanding something they might not even understand.”
Apparently, this has less to do with the inner ear infection than originally speculated but again — details are at a minimum.
“It’s partly that. Let’s leave it at that,” general manager Walt Jocketty said. “It’s basically something that Joey needs some time away to deal with. We gave him that time. It’s not a big deal but it’s something that was affecting his ability to play at the level he wants to play at.”