Votto, a four-time All-Star, hasn’t played since July 5 after suffering a left distal quad strain. Votto missed 23 games earlier this season with a strained muscle above his left knee.
Reds manager Bryan Price said Votto took ground balls and played some light catch on Wednesday.
"We've tried to hustle the time and the recovery, but it takes time for this injury to recover,” Price said to the Cincinnati Enquirer. “We just haven't been able to force the recovery to come any faster."
Votto was hitting .255 with six home runs and 23 RBI in 62 games this season for the Reds, who are nine games back of the Milwaukee Brewers in the N.L. Central.
- Scooby Axson