Votto set to make road trip for first time since July

Votto set to make road trip for first time since July

CINCINNATI -- Friday may be the start of the final road trip of the 2014 season for the Reds, but it will be the first time injured first baseman Joey Votto has traveled with the club since July.

Votto went on the disabled list for the second time this season on July 8 with a distal strain of his left quadriceps. Reds manager Bryan Price considered it a good sign that Votto would be joining the team on the nine-game trip to Milwaukee, Chicago and St. Louis.

"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.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. 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.