DENVER -- As part of a series of transactions Saturday, the Reds moved first baseman Joey Votto from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL. But the encouraging takeaway for the club is it is seeing progress with the distal strain of his left quadriceps near his knee.
"The process is moving along," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "He did some testing, which was very positive. His strength has improved and he's getting close to baseball activity. That's certainly inevitable as part of the process. I can't really give you a timeline on what to expect. But we did get some really good feedback on the testing he did with his knee as far as the strength perspective."
Last month, Votto received two treatments of platelet-rich plasma injections to help speed his healing.
"We can definitely tell there has been significant improvement since he initiated the PRP protocols," Price said.
Votto's DL move was largely procedural. It was done to create a 40-man roster spot for pitcher Dylan Axelrod, who was selected from Triple-A Louisville to start vs. the Rockies.
Initially placed on the DL July 8, retroactive to July 6, Votto can be activated on Sept. 4. While there is no targeted date for a return, Price still believed he would play again this season.
On the 25-man roster, Axelrod replaced pitcher Homer Bailey. In a move retroactive to Aug. 8, Bailey formally went on the 15-day DL with strained right flexor mass tendon near his forearm.
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