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Though not pain free, Votto resumes field work

Though not pain free, Votto resumes field work

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Though not pain free, Votto resumes field work
CINCINNATI -- Once again, injured Reds first baseman Joey Votto resumed baseball activity as he tries to work his way back from left knee surgery.

Votto played catch on Saturday and on Sunday morning, he took a round of ground balls at first base from third-base coach Mark Berry. After that, he ran on the field under the supervision of strength coach Matt Krause.

It was Votto's first field work since he had a second minor operation to remove cartilage from his knee on Aug. 10. With the resumption of baseball activity, Votto hoped the process of getting back to the lineup would accelerate.

"I anticipate so," Votto said before going on the field. "I'm healing every day and I'm able to do different things. But it's going to take its time, whenever it's ready."

There is still some pain in Votto's knee.

"Sure, there's pain. I just had a second surgery roughly a week ago," Votto said.

Votto, 28, has been out of the Reds' lineup since July 16 because of torn meniscus cartilage, which was repaired the following day. He was close to being ready to return when he re-injured the knee while doing sliding drills.

When the Reds begin a short four-game road trip at Philadelphia on Monday, Votto will not be with the club.

"I know he hates not going, because even at Spring Training, he mentioned to me about beating Philly," said Reds manager Dusty Baker, who met privately with Votto for about 10 minutes Sunday morning. "That's probably been our toughest spot to play in the last couple of years -- or them, period."

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