CINCINNATI, OH: Joey Votto #19 of the Cincinnati Reds doubles to drive in the tying run in the third inning of the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Joey Votto Recovering From Knee Surgery

Reds superstar Joey Votto is undergoing surgery on his knee to repair a torn meniscus. He could be back in action by the end of August.

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Joey Votto Beginning Rehab Assignment Tuesday

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto has been out of action since mid-July after having surgery on a torn meniscus in his left knee.

The Reds, despite playing offensive black holes like Miguel Cairo at first base in Votto’s absence, haven’t missed a beat; they’re 27-14 without their All-Star first baseman in the lineup.

They could have him back soon. Hutch Konerman:

Cincinnati Reds all-star first baseman Joey Votto is scheduled to begin a two-day major league injury rehabilitation assignment for the Dayton Dragons on Tuesday, August 28 when the Dragons host the West Michigan Whitecaps at Fifth Third Field. Votto is also scheduled to play for the Dragons on Wednesday, August 29.

CBS Sports’ C. Trent Rosecrans reports that the Reds hope to have Votto back for their series that begins Friday in Houston. They’ll want him at full strength as they approach an almost certain postseason berth.

For more on the Reds, please visit Red Reporter.

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'No Timetable' For Joey Votto Return

Reds first baseman Joey Votto had knee surgery for a meniscus problem in his left knee just about a month ago. At the time, it was thought he wouldn’t be out for more than three or four weeks, and perhaps as little as two weeks.

That’s not the case; we’re at the four-week mark and Votto is still on the DL, with no rehab assignment in sight. And Votto himself doesn’t know when he’ll be back:

Votto has been replaced at first base primarily by Todd Frazier, although Miguel Cairo has also played there. When Frazier, normally the Reds’ third baseman, moves across the diamond, Scott Rolen or Wilson Valdez fill in at third. Neither Cairo nor Rolen nor Valdez has hit much at all.

When Votto went on the DL, he was having an excellent offensive season; his replacements haven’t hit, but the Reds are 19-8 since Votto last played. File this under the category of “Go figure.”

For more on the Reds, please visit Red Reporter.

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