Baker not planning to play Votto during road trip

Baker not planning to play Votto during road trip

Baker not planning to play Votto during road trip
MILWAUKEE -- Reds first baseman Joey Votto is getting closer to returning to game action, but he is still unlikely to play during the Reds' current road trip, manager Dusty Baker said Tuesday.

Votto is traveling with the team and has been taking batting practice and running sprints before the games in Milwaukee. After finishing a series with the Brewers on Wednesday, the Reds head to Chicago to play the Cubs in a four-game series.

"He's not too far off," Baker said. "I'm just not thinking [he'll play] on this road trip."

Cincinnati returns home on Aug. 14 to play the New York Mets.

Baker said Votto still has to practice sliding. He underwent surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee on July 17.

"If you had a knee injury, the one obstacle that you have to overcome is sliding," Baker said.