CINCINNATI — Reds 1B Joey Votto is making progress from a strained muscle above his left knee and could soon begin a minor-league rehabilitation assignment.
The former NL MVP has been on the disabled list since May 21, trying to get rid of inflammation and to strengthen the muscle. He stayed in Cincinnati to get treatment on the leg while the team was on a seven-day trip.
Votto was cleared to take batting practice with the team Tuesday. He's also going to take infield practice and run the bases over the next few days. If he gets through that without a problem, he will start a rehab assignment.
"I feel really good, like I was before I got hurt earlier on in the season," Votto said. "So if I can get to a good place, you're going to see a little bit more of the older version of me — the younger version of me. It's one of these injuries that take a little bit of time."
Also, Reds RHP Mat Latos is scheduled to make another rehab start today and could be activated shortly afterward. He has been on the disabled list all season recovering from knee surgery and a strained forearm.
FAN INJURED: A man was carried off on a stretcher during the Twins' game at the Brewers after falling into the home bullpen from a dining area about 15 feet above in the eighth inning. The Brewers said he was conscious and alert.
ANGELS: CF Mike Trout left in the second inning because of more trouble with his back. The All-Star had missed the previous two games with upper back stiffness.
A'S: RF Josh Reddick went on the 15-day disabled list with a hyperextended left knee.
BREWERS: 3B Aramis Ramirez, out for more than three weeks with a strained left hamstring, is expected to be activated from the disabled list today.
PADRES: RHP Jesse Hahn, acquired from the Rays last offseason in a seven-player trade that sent INF Logan Forsythe to Tampa Bay, was called up from Double-A San Antonio to make his major-league debut in a late game.
YANKEES: 1B Mark Teixeira returned to the lineup after missing two games with inflammation in his surgically repaired right wrist.