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Votto (quadriceps) was a full participant in team drills Tuesday, the first one with the entire team. "I felt really good, it's nice to be back," Votto said. "It's nice to be able to do what I want to do in terms of baseball, be able to swing, to be able to run. I think it'll take a little bit of time to take it off the back of my mind and just be able to play -- to be able to play without too much concern."

Votto and the Reds mostly did conditioning drills and batting practice, along with some drills fielding bunts. We'll likely have frequent updates this spring until Votto playing becomes more commonplace.

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Votto (quadriceps) arrived to Reds camp Saturday, ahead of Monday's full-squad report date, and said he feels "good," reports. "I haven't gone through the evaluation process with the strength staff and the [physical therapy] staff and the doctor and obviously, the baseball people," Votto said when asked if he is 100 percent without limitation. "If i get a couple of days under my belt and get the evals done, I think we'll have a better idea of where we're at."The 31-year-old said that he is swinging, throwing, taking groundballs and running without issue, noting that he feels like "it's a big contrast from the end of the season and during the season last year." He will leave it up to the medical staff to determine just how much he can do at the start of spring training, but the offseason reports regarding Votto's progress from the distal quadriceps strain were glowing and there's little reason at this point to think he won't be ready to start the season.

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Reds manager Bryan Price said Thursday that the latest report from strength and conditioning coach Sean Marohn regarding Votto's health was "very, very good," reports. "The strength was outstanding, the stamina was good and the agility," Price said. "Right now, we're looking to hit the ground running when [Votto] gets to Goodyear and being able to see with our own eyes where he's at. I'm confident that he's going to be ready to go."

Votto has spent the offseason in his hometown of Toronto, with Marohn reporting frequently on his recovery from a distal quadriceps strain. The injury limited the former NL MVP to just 62 games last season, but the Reds seemed to be taking an especially cautious approach holding him out at the very end of the year, and it sounds like he's on track to enter spring training without restriction. If Votto can flash the type of power he had before the injury and avoid a setback during Cactus League play, he will likely start to creep back up many draft boards.

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