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Votto's return puts pressure on Baker

Updated: September 5, 2012, 10:38 AM ET
By Buster Olney

Joey Votto has been activated, and he is expected to be back in the lineup tonight.

He is not completely healthy and does not expect to be for the rest of this season, but Votto is still regarded as one of the league's best pure hitters -- maybe the best -- and is a Gold Glove-caliber first baseman. He's going to play.

Which means that manager Dusty Baker is going to be making some really excruciating choices about who else plays and about where they'll hit in his lineup.

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