Price: Votto may not be back to 100 percent in 2014

Price: Votto may not be back to 100 percent in 2014

CINCINNATI -- Reds first baseman Joey Votto, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a left quadriceps strain, has made some moderate improvement in the past couple of days.

"The soreness, I can't say it's completely gone. It's much more controlled. The strength deficit is still a concern," Reds manager Bryan Price said on Friday.

Price conceded that Votto might not get back to 100 percent again this season because of the injury, but would like to get him as close as possible. Votto's DL move is retroactive to May 16.

"He would have come back and played and gladly have played at 50 percent," Price said. "He just doesn't have the base off which to hit off of. That affects his production, his ability to run the bases and cover ground at first base."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.