Reds still unsure if Votto will play again in 2014

Reds still unsure if Votto will play again in 2014

ST. LOUIS -- Reds first baseman Joey Votto continues to prepare himself for a possible return to the field this season. But with one week left in 2014, his activation from the disabled list did not appear very likely.

"I don't have an idea yet. He's doing all the work," Reds manager Bryan Price said on Saturday. "I'm not any closer to answering that question."

Votto has been taking batting practice the past few days. On Friday, he ran the bases for the first time -- normally a final precursor before returning from a leg injury. He has been on the DL for the second time this season since July 8 with a distal strain of his left quadriceps.

The return from the injury has been without a real timetable. While the Reds would like to have Votto back -- even for only a few games, they aren't willing to risk re-injury or setbacks.

"He's not pain free. He's not 100 percent and he won't be at any point in time the rest of this season," Price said. "The question is, do we want to play him at less than 100 percent? He still hasn't seen any live pitching. He still has a ways to go, in my opinion, before he'd be ready to go."

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.