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Reds GM Walt Jocketty said Friday that Votto is "doing great" with his offseason rehab work, MLB.com reports.

Strength and conditioning coach Sean Marohn has been keeping tabs on Votto's progress as he continue his rehab in his hometown of Toronto, and the reports have been positive. A distal strain of the quadriceps near Votto's left knee limited the 31-year-old to just 62 games in 2014, and while he progressed to taking batting practice, fielding grounders and running the bases near the end of the year, the Reds decided to hold him out with an eye toward 2015. He has nine years and $206 million remaining on his contract.

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Votto (quadriceps) is "physically in a lot better place," according to manager Bryan Price, but his status for the Reds' final three games remains uncertain.

The former NL MVP is hitting and running the bases without issue, but Price suggested Votto is still not quite at 100 percent. Considering there's only a few games remaining and the Reds have Votto under contract for a whopping nine more years, it's certainly understandable that they would be reluctant to return him to action. At this point, it would be rather surprising if Votto played this weekend.

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Votto (quad) is expected to take batting practice Tuesday night.

Votto will move on to live batting practice after taking underhand flips in the cage Sunday. He's already been working in the field, so it appears he's on his way to making a return before the end of the season, barring a setback.

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Votto (quadriceps) was slated to take underhand flips in the indoor batting cage prior to Sunday's game, the Reds' official site reports.

That's the last step to take before live batting practice, and he's already been fielding grounders at first base. "It's day-to-day, station-to-station," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "Everything he's been doing has been increased effort from when he takes ground balls, moving laterally side-to-side, the running -- it's just a progression."

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Votto (quadriceps) will travel with the team on its upcoming road trip, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

For the first time since landing back on the DL on July 8, Votto will head out on the road with the Reds, though it's uncertain whether a return during the nine-game trip is realistic. Votto has taken gradual steps in his recovery in recent weeks, fielding ground balls and hitting off a tee, but his biggest challenge, namely running the bases, still awaits. While he said last week that he's still hopeful he can make it back this season, Reds management will of course have the final say.

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Votto (quadriceps) remains hopeful he can return to the Reds this season, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Votto has been taking gradual steps in his rehab of late, as he's recently fielded ground balls and hit off a tee. The first baseman has been on the disabled list since July 8, and has been limited to just 62 games due to complications resulting from a strained quadriceps muscle. With the Reds likely out of the playoff chase, there's seemingly little incentive to rush his return, but Votto continues to move forward with the mindset that he'll see some reps yet this year. Time is starting to run out, however, so he'll need to take a few major steps forward if he wants to achieve this goal. Even if healthy, there remains a good chance the Reds will end up shutting him down anyway.

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Votto took ground balls Wednesday as he continues to take small steps on his way back from a left quadriceps strain, the Cincinnati Enquirer's C. Trent Rosecrans reports. "It's a real gradual recovery," manager Byran Price said of Votto's injury. "It's an injury that needs more than anything, beyond strengthening and therapy, it needs time to recover."

The Reds will see how he recovers from taking ground balls Wednesday, which comes after he took dry swings and began throwing earlier in the week. Rosecrans reported that Price would not commit to Votto returning or not returning this season, but the Reds' beat writer speculated that it would be unlikely for Votto to play again in 2014. For those in single-season leagues, dropping Votto is a defensible move at this point.

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Votto (quadriceps) has begun taking dry swings and throwing, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.

It may not sound like much, but the exercises represent Votto's first baseball-related activity of any kind since he was shut back down with the quad injury in early June. The Reds are sinking fast, and while the team has not given any indication that Votto could be shut down, it may still be an option depending on his progress in the next 10 days or so. Votto, in the first season of a 10-year, $225 million deal, has hit .255/.390/.409 with six homers in 62 games.

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Votto (quadriceps) has been jogging and recent strength tests have been encouraging, but he hasn't started baseball activities yet, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Votto expressed his frustration at his lack of progress, the team's losing ways lately and the perception that he somehow isn't doing all he can to get back in a press conference Thursday. He's eligible to return on September 4, but right now neither he nor the Reds know if he'll be able to do so.

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Votto (quadriceps) was transferred to the 60-day DL on Saturday.

This is just a procedural move to clear a spot on the 40-man roster, as Votto has missed close to six weeks already with the quad injury and still has yet to resume baseball activities. He'll be eligible to return Sept. 4, but it seems like a bit of a long shot to think Votto could be ready by that date.