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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 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.

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Votto (quadriceps) remains limited to strengthening work but manager Bryan Price said the hope is that he'll be ready to resume baseball activities by the last week-to-10-days of the month, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Although Price was unwilling to rule out a rehab assignment for Votto, it seems unlikely he'll be ready to return to game action before the minor league seasons conclude at the end of August. The 30-year-old has been shut down from baseball activities for more than a month now due to the quad injury, and while the team's initial five-week estimated recovery timetable was clearly too optimistic, he still has a chance to make it back before the end of the season.

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Joey Votto (quad) received the second of two rounds of platelet-rich plasma injections on Monday.

"That is a part of his recovery," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "There's a couple of days of ... I don't want to say total inactivity, but resting it and not doing a lot on the knee and then returning to his rehab protocol. It's a good thing, because it's a part of his recovery that we think is going to be very effective." General manager Walt Jocketty said in an interview on Sunday that he expected Votto to be on the shelf for about five more weeks. He's dealing with a distal strain of his left quad.

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Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said in an interview on SiriusXM Sunday that Joey Votto (quad) is still approximately five weeks away from a return.

Jocketty has pegged late August as the timetable for both Votto and Brandon Phillips (thumb). Votto, of course, is dealing with a nagging distal left quadriceps strain, an ailment that first popped up in mid-May. Fantasy owners probably shouldn't count on him being fully healthy until next season.

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Reds manager Bryan Price said over the weekend that he expects Joey Votto (quad) to be sidelined for "weeks" and not "months and months and months."

"It's so far out, and when I say 'far out,' it's more weeks; I'm not talking about months and months and months," Price said. "But with both Brandon [Phillips] and Joey, we're talking more about weeks than days. So I think it would be reckless of me to suggest there's a due date on when either one of them would be back." Votto had missed less than a week of action when Price spoke, so obviously the first baseman is nowhere near ready to return. It's a very vague timetable, so it's pointless to even speculate when Votto might be back. Fantasy owners probably shouldn't count on him being fully healthy until next season, as his quad/knee injury has proved to be a nagging issue.

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Reds placed 1B Joey Votto on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 6, with a strained left quad.

Votto went through infield drills Monday, but he's still feeling some soreness and will now get some extended rest. It's unclear how long he'll be sidelined, but it's important that the Reds get him healthy for the second half. We are likely to see a combination of Jay Bruce, Todd Frazier, and Brayan Pena at first base during his absence.

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Joey Votto (quad) went through infield drills and is on the bench for Monday's game against the Cubs.

The Reds have yet to announce the results from tests on Votto's left quad, but it appears he might avoid the disabled list after all. The club should provide an update on the first baseman's status after Monday's game.