It's the news Cincinnati has been waiting to hear for more than a month -- Joey Votto is set to continue playing baseball again. Just not in a Reds uniform yet. Votto, who has been out of the Reds' lineup since July 16 after tearing the meniscus in his left knee, is slated to start a two-game rehab stint with Class A Dayton on Tuesday. "I'm a little apprehensive, because I haven't played in such a long time," Votto said on Sunday. "Once I get going, I will feel fine." Votto's first full workout with Dayton, initially scheduled for Monday, was cancelled due to inclement weather. The former NL MVP began baseball activities again last weekend and hopes to return to the team for the three-game series in Houston beginning Aug. 31. "We're hoping he will be ready some time next weekend, if everything goes well," said Reds manager Dusty Baker. D-backs: Goldschmidt continues to answer call
First baseman Paul Goldschmidt has been in the lineup for 34 consecutive games, and the end isn't in sight. "The way he takes care of himself, does he look tired to you?" D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "He's a little younger and I think he's good. I'm not saying I won't [rest him a day], but as of right now, no." Goldschmidt hasn't missed a game since July 22 and hasn't seen a drop in the numbers department either. In 86 at-bats in August, Goldschmidt is hitting .287 with three homers, six doubles and 13 RBIs, but its his defensive work that caught Gibson's eye. "He seems like he's got a lot of energy, he's not dragging, he wants to do it," Gibson said. "He's religiously out there working on his movements that he has to duplicate within the game so he can be better, quicker and have more range." Worth noting
Dusty Baker on Monday became the seventh manager in Reds history with 400 wins. The D-backs are 2-3 against the Reds this season, but can still win back-to-back season series for the first time since 2001-03.