Baker prefers Reds 1B Votto returns next week
AUG 31, 2012 8:17p ET
Baker said Friday that he hasn't ruled out Votto rejoining the team this weekend.
But Baker says he'd prefer Votto make his return from two surgical procedures on his left knee next week.
Votto is on a rehabilitation assignment with Single-A Dayton. He has played twice there and was scheduled to play again Friday night.
Cincinnati hasn't missed a beat since Votto left the lineup July 16. The NL Central leaders entered Friday night's game at Houston with a 30-14 record since then.
Votto had arthroscopic surgery to repair the torn medial meniscus on July 17 and a floating piece of cartilage removed on Aug. 11.