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Reds' Votto goes 0 for 3 in rehab start

Associated Press Modified: September 3, 2012 at 6:16 pm •  Published: September 3, 2012

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts Monday in a rehab start with Triple-A Louisville, leaving him unsure what's next.

Votto said he felt better than he did a couple of days ago. He played two games at Louisville, going 1 for 6. He also appeared in three games at Class A Dayton last week, going 1 for 5.

Votto hasn't played since July 15 because of damaged cartilage in his left knee that required two operations. He can be activated from the disabled list and rejoin the Reds, but they've been more interested in having him play games with the minor league teams and get his knee fully recovered.

He played on Friday at Louisville, but had a game Saturday rained out. Louisville ended its season on Monday.

"I felt better today than I felt two days ago," Votto said. "The at-bats weren't a concern. I know I struck out a couple of times and missed opportunities to run out of the (batter's) box. I just wanted to move around some at first base."

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