Votto close to starting rehab

CINCINNATI (AP) - Reds first baseman Joey Votto is on his way back from a left leg injury, moving closer to a rehabilitation assignment in the minors.

Votto has been on the disabled list since May 21 with a strained muscle above his left knee. He stayed in Cincinnati to get treatment on the leg while the team was on a seven-day trip.

Manager Bryan Price says Tuesday that Votto will participate in pregame workouts, including batting practice and base running, for a couple of days to assess his readiness for a stint in the minors.

Right-handed starter Mat Latos is scheduled to make another rehab start on Wednesday. If that goes well, he could be activated. Latos has been on the disabled list all season recovering from knee surgery and a strained forearm.


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