Joey Votto was out of the starting lineup Wednesday for the first time since Aug. 8 of last year. With today's off day, Votto will get two days of rest.

Votto has played in 176 straight games. There was, of course, a chance he'd play Wednesday. He had started 106 straight games.

The day was Votto's call.

"I talked to Joey about a week ago," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "We came up with this day as the best day. I was a little apprehensive that two days in a row would hurt his stroke. He said it's not going to bother him at all. Joey Votto knows Joey Votto pretty well.

"When a guy gets to that certain status, certain prowess, you owe it to him and us to discuss it with him. Some off days I mandate. Some off days, we discuss it. This is one we discussed."