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08/19/09 11:06 PM ET

Blurry vision forces Votto to exit game

Reds first baseman to be re-evaluated Thursday

CINCINNATI -- Reds first baseman Joey Votto left in the first inning of Wednesday's game against the Giants after he experienced blurry vision.

Votto was replaced by Kevin Barker after the top of the first inning. Reds manager Dusty Baker said Votto is expected to be re-evaluated Thursday morning.

"He came up on that foul ball in the first inning and said he couldn't see," Baker said. "When a player tells you that, an alarm goes off."

Votto missed 21 games from May 30 to June 23 with depression and anxiety related to the death of his father last year. He missed several games and had to leave others earlier in May with dizziness caused by an inner-ear infection. The Reds went 8-13 in his absence.

Baker said this injury isn't related to Votto's previous one.

"He went to see an optometrist and he might be OK for tomorrow," Baker said Wednesday. "We're hoping he's back in there."

Votto is hitting .317 this season with 18 home runs and 59 RBIs in 89 games.

Steve Gartner is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.