Behind the scenes, the Reds believe Joey Votto could return during their series at Philadelphia next Monday-Thursday but that a more realistic goal is the St. Louis series (Aug. 24-26) in Cincinnati.

Regardless, the Reds continue to exceed expectations without the injured Votto (left knee). The Reds are 19-8 since Votto left the lineup July 16, and entered Monday's off day with a 4 ½-game lead over second-place Pittsburgh in the NL Central.