Joey Votto update: 'Not ready to play yet'

Reds could really use Votto now. (Getty Images)

On July 16, the Reds announced that superstar first baseman Joey Votto would miss three to four weeks after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery to repair torn meniscus. Thursday night was three weeks and three days after that announcement, so where is Votto's progress?

“I’m not ready to play yet,” Votto said (cincinnati.com). “I’m moving in the right direction.”

Reds manager Dusty Baker told reporters that Votto wouldn't be back during the current road trip, which means the earliest possible return would be Tuesday at home against the Mets. But, as cincinnati.com notes, that seems unlikely.

“I’m definitely not sure on a timetable,” Votto said (cincinnati.com). “I’m not doing that to be coy, it’s because I genuinely don’t know which day. I’m making progress."

So it sounds like the recovery is going slower than it was expected to go, even if not by much. Tuesday is four weeks and a day since the Reds said three to four weeks.

Votto, 28, was the NL MVP in 2010 and is one of baseball's elite players. He's hitting .342/.465/.604 with 14 home runs, 49 RBI, 52 runs and 36 doubles this season.

The Reds initially rallied together without their star, winning 15 of 16 from July 19 through August 4, but they're now mired in a five-game losing streak.

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Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered the last six World Series beginning with the epic 2011 Fall Classic. The former Indiana University... Full Bio

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