Reds call up OF Xavier Paul, option RH Redmond

The Reds called up outfielder Xavier Paul from Triple-A

Louisville to help fill in for the loss of first baseman Joey

Votto.

Paul could help with the Reds’ struggling offense. He batted

.332 in 66 games with nine homers and 48 RBIs.

Votto had surgery on Tuesday to repair torn cartilage in his

left knee and is expected to be sidelined for three to four weeks.

He’s the Reds’ top hitter, batting .342 and leading the NL in

doubles, walks and extra-base hits.

The Reds optioned right-hander Todd Redmond back to Louisville

after a one-day stay in Cincinnati. The Reds called him up before

Tuesday’s 4-0 win over Arizona because they were concerned that

starter Johnny Cueto would have trouble with a blister on his

pitching hand.