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Joey Votto expected to begin rehab assignment this week

Aug 26, 2012, 11:40 AM EDT

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Great news this morning out of Cincinnati.

Mark Sheldon of was informed by club sources that Reds first baseman Joey Votto is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment this week with the Low-A Dayton Dragons and could be cleared to rejoin the active 25-man roster by next weekend if all goes smoothly over the next several days.

Votto has been on the shelf since undergoing surgery in mid-July to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. He then required a followup procedure on August 10 to remove a piece of floating cartilage.

The 28-year-old first baseman was batting .342/.465/.604 with 14 home runs, 36 doubles and 49 RBI in 86 games before landing on the disabled list. Cincy is an impressive 27-13 in his absence, maintaining a healthy lead in the National League Central.

  1. coachbeck - Aug 26, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    Woot! Championship

  2. mrredlegz - Aug 26, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    Ahhh, some welcome news.

  3. pjnrph - Aug 26, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    Great news. I wonder who will be sent out? Cairo? Maybe they’ll wait until Saturday (Sept 1) when rosters expand.

    • contraryguy - Aug 26, 2012 at 10:30 PM

      I’ll bet Cairo sticks. Dusty admires his ability to do many things at a mediocre level. Would worry more about where Frazier goes when Votto returns. Hard to bench Todd at this point.

  4. stumblebum76 - Aug 27, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Having watched Baker manage(?) for several years, it wouldn’t surprise me a bit to see him bench Frazier, although nobody in his right mind would.

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