Every little bit of time off helps, Votto said, but don’t expect him to get much rest.
“It’s my responsibility to go out there and do everything I can and play the best I can,” Votto said. “That’s my job.”
Simon's workload: Alfredo Simon started the first game of the series Friday. Before that start, he had already thrown 102 2/3 innings, 15 more than he threw last season out of the bullpen.
Simon is well on his way to setting a career high in innings pitched. The last time he was a starting pitcher, he threw a career-high 115 2/3 innings with Baltimore in 2011.
“He’s 32 years old,” Price said. ” He’s been pitching for an awful long time, not just in the states, but in winter ball, down in the Mexican league years ago. I think it’s a little bit different than taking a kid out of college and saying we want 220 innings out of you.
“He’s been our most durable relief pitcher over the last couple of years as far as how he bounces back. He could pitch three innings and come back the next day and do it again.”
Today's game: Homer Bailey (8-4, 4.39 ERA) opposes Milwaukee's Matt Garza (5-5, 4.10) in the second game of the series at 4:10 today. Bailey returns to the mound after his best outing of the season. He threw nine scoreless innings against the Giants on Sunday.
Looking ahead: The Reds will honor the Nasty Boys before Monday's game against the Cubs. Randy Myers, Norm Charlton and Rob Dibble, star relievers on the 1990 World Series championship team, will throw out simultaneous first pitches.