Reds' Joey Votto playing for Class-A Dayton Tuesday

August 27, 2012 

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto was scheduled to make a rehab appearance Tuesday at Class-A Dayton, perhaps the last step of his comeback from two surgical procedures on his left knee.

Votto hasn't played since July 15 after being injured sliding into third base on June 28 in San Francisco. The 2010 National League MVP started the All-Star Game and was hitting .342 with 14 home runs and 49 RBI when he left the lineup.

"I'm a little apprehensive because I haven't played in a long time," Votto said before Sunday's game against St. Louis. "The work on the field has been good. I have a long way to go on my swing. The things that I'm uncomfortable about will come out when I play in Dayton."

Votto could rejoin the Reds for the Aug. 31-Sept. 2 three-game series at Houston.

"We're hoping he will be ready some time next weekend, if everything goes well," Reds Manager Dusty Baker said.

Masset suffers a setback

Reds reliever Nick Masset, who hasn't pitched this season because of a right shoulder injury, was back in the Cincinnati clubhouse on Sunday after undergoing an MRI.

"I had a minor setback after (last) Tuesday's outing down in (Triple-A) Louisville," Masset told "There's a little bit of soreness in my shoulder. Right now, we're just working on getting to the next step. That's where I'm at right now."

In nine minor league games at three levels, Masset has a 5.59 ERA, including six games at Louisville. He gave up three runs, four hits and two walks without retiring a batter in his most recent outing. "I never felt anything while I was pitching," Masset said. "It's been tough, especially with the way the team has been playing all year."

Short hops

■ The Phillies' Juan Pierre stole his 586th base in the fifth inning Sunday, tying Maury Wills for 19th on the career list. ... Philadelphia is 8-15 in Cliff Lee's 23 starts this season. The Phillies were 22-10 when he started last season.

Scully sticking around for 2013

Vin Scully, one of baseball's most beloved broadcasters, is sticking around for another year with the Dodgers. The 84-year-old Hall of Famer will return for a record 64th season in 2013. Scully said he is feeling energized after the Guggenheim Baseball Management group bought the team this spring for $2 billion.

"I was so impressed by the new ownership," Scully said Sunday. "I was here for the press conference, and I heard some big talk. I wondered whether they would actually do what they said they would do. How fast will they move? How high will they try to take the team? Well, they have done it 10 times over. And what they've done is revitalized the city, revitalized the team, the fans — and myself."

General Manager Ned Colletti has acquired nine new players since the week before the July 31 trading deadline. The biggest trade was completed on Saturday, with Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto coming over from the Red Sox.

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