While they await the return of star first baseman Joey Votto, the NL Central-leading Cincinnati Reds will try to end a pair of streaks Tuesday night when they continue a three-game set against the Philadelphia Phillies.
There's no question the Reds want to see Votto return to the lineup as soon as possible, but an 8 12-game division lead affords them the luxury of letting the 2010 NL MVP work his way into shape before playing his first game since tearing his left medial meniscus July 15.
Votto, who was hitting .342 at the time of his injury, went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts Monday in a rehab start with Triple-A Louisville. He played two games there, going 1 for 6, and also appeared in three games at Class A Dayton last week, going 1 for 5.
"I felt better today than I felt two days ago," Votto said. "The at-bats weren't a concern. I know I struck out a couple of times and missed opportunities to run out of the (batter's) box. I just wanted to move around some at first base."