Votto plays in additional rehab game

Votto plays in additional rehab game

Votto plays in additional rehab game
CINCINNATI -- The wait for Joey Votto's return to the Reds' lineup was extended at least one more day.

Votto's rehab assignment in the Minors stretched into Monday, when he played for Triple-A Louisville in their final game of the season. He went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and a lineout in a rain-shortened game.

As for whether that meant the Reds first baseman would be back on Tuesday, manager Dusty Baker couldn't say.

"It's up to him on how he feels," Baker said on Monday morning. "Joey will be here soon. We just can't say when."

Votto, who is trying to return from two left knee surgeries that repaired damaged cartilage, went 1-for-3 with a solo homer for Louisville at Columbus on Saturday and did not play Sunday. He was 1-for-5 in three rehab games for Class A Dayton last week.

"I'm not really concerned with how he's doing, as much as how he's feeling," Baker said. "You don't get the same adrenaline rush. I told him to go down and look at as many pitches as possible, so he could get his eyes and hands together and speed differential together. And gauging pitches, I think that's as important as if you go down there and hit .800."

Following Monday's 4-2 loss to the Phillies, Cincinnati is 32-16 since Votto left the lineup on July 16. He went on the disabled list the following day and had his first surgery.

"We want him to do well, but we want him to feel good. We don't want a [Lance] Berkman situation like in St. Louis, where he goes back on the DL or something happens," Baker said. "We want him right. We have a bit of a luxury the way guys are playing now, where we don't have to rush him back."