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Votto ramping up activity as return nears

PHILADELPHIA -- While the Reds have been playing the Phillies, injured first baseman Joey Votto has continued progressing with baseball activities.

Votto, out since July 16 after having left knee surgery and a second procedure on Aug. 10 to remove cartilage, started hitting again this week.

"He's been hitting in the cage, running and taking ground balls," Reds head trainer Paul Lessard said.

There remains no set timetable for when Votto could return from the disabled list.

"We'll put eyes on him [Friday] and then we'll sit down and talk," Lessard said.

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PHI Full Game Coverage LADELPHIA -- While the Reds have been playing the Phillies, injured first baseman Joey Votto has continued progressing with baseball activities.

Votto, out since July 16 after having left knee surgery and a second procedure on Aug. 10 to remove cartilage, started hitting again this week.

"He's been hitting in the cage, running and taking ground balls," Reds head trainer Paul Lessard said.

There remains no set timetable for when Votto could return from the disabled list.

"We'll put eyes on him [Friday] and then we'll sit down and talk," Lessard said.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.