My condolences go out to Joey and his family. This is reported on rotoworld why he was away on bereavement

Joey Votto is back in the Reds' starting lineup for the first time since being placed on the bereavement list on August 8.
Votto's father passed away, and the Reds wanted to give him as much time as he needed. He's been with the team since the weekend, appearing as a pinch-hitter.

God Bless you Joey.. you have fans here that will feel your loss too