Reds' Votto on injury: 'I definitely feel like I've made tremendous progress'

Sept 14, 2:37 PM

The Cincinnati Reds are holding out hope that first baseman Joey Votto can return to the lineup before the end of the season and following his most recent update, the likelihood of that coming to fruition appears realistic. 

"I definitely feel like I've made tremendous progress," Votto told Mark Sheldon of

Votto, who has been sidelined since July 8 with a left quadriceps strain, has been hitting off a tee and fielding ground balls without any setbacks. 

"Getting in there, it's the first time I'll get to work in the cage with [hitting coaches] Don Long and Lee Tinsley. That's the final step before taking batting practice on the field," Votto said.

Cincinnati's season was derailed when both Votto and second baseman Brandon Phillips landed on the disabled list in the same week. The Reds were 48-42 before the pair went down, and have subsequently gone 23-36 since. 

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