Votto appears in first rehab game

Votto appears in first rehab game

Votto appears in first rehab game
 Votto on return to action

PHOENIX -- In the first game of a two-game rehab assignment at Class A Dayton on Tuesday, Reds first baseman Joey Votto was 0-for-1 with a walk and a strikeout. Votto played five innings before being lifted for a pinch-hitter.

It was Votto's first game action since July 15. He left the lineup the following day and needed arthroscopic surgery to repair torn meniscus cartilage in his left knee. A second procedure was needed in August following a setback.

"That I'm able to play tonight speaks to the progress I've made," Votto told reporters in Dayton before the game. "I'm happy that I am finally back out on the field playing with the team and I'm able to play in a game. I'm not 100 percent yet, but usually when you do your rehab games, you aren't."

Votto is slated to play again on Wednesday for Dayton and rejoin the Reds in Houston this weekend. If he has no setbacks, he will likely be activated on Saturday, which is the first day that teams can expand their rosters.

The club opted against activating Votto on Friday.

"Then you'd have to send somebody out and you couldn't get them back for x-amount of time," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "Every game is important, but at the same time, you have to do what's important, what's best for the team. I'd like to have Joey back yesterday if I could get him."