"He's been out taking ground balls and hitting off a tee," Price said Thursday. "If he's not with us, really in my opinion, we may as well just sign off on him not playing this year, if he doesn't go with us and continue to do baseball-related activities. That's the only way we can really evaluate him, if we see him and see what he's doing."
Price and the Reds are still hopeful that Votto could be activated before this season ends, but have not established a timetable.
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