Joey Votto doesn't make Toronto Blue Jays' Opening Day roster, to rehab ankle injury

Toronto Blue Jays infielder Joey Votto
Toronto Blue Jays infielder Joey Votto

Longtime Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto wished baseball fans a happy Opening Day on Thursday, but Reds fans won't be distracted Thursday checking the Jays' Gamecast because Votto is not on Toronto's Opening Day roster.

Votto will have an opportunity to play his way onto the roster, per the Toronto Star's Gregor Chisholm, but for now the 40-year-old is rehabbing an ankle injury in Florida.

He's scheduled to go through a full spring progression before starting a minor-league assignment.

Votto homered off of the Philadelphia Phillies' Zack Wheeler on the first pitch he saw for the Jays during Spring training.

Toronto signed him to a minor-league deal with a non-roster invite March 8.

The Reds are scheduled to visit Toronto in August.

Votto hit .294 with 356 home runs over 17 seasons with the Reds, and led the league in on-base percentage seven times.

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This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Joey Votto isn't on Toronto Opening Day roster to rehab ankle injury