Joey Votto delighted another sellout crowd by going 1-for-2 with a walk in his second rehab game with Class A Dayton Wednesday night, but Votto admittedly was still not running full speed on his surgically repaired left knee.

The 2010 National League MVP is projected to rejoin the Reds in Houston this weekend and may be activated Saturday, assuming no complications.

Votto ran without a limp in his two nights in Dayton, but he also avoided sprinting – not to mention sliding.

"I was holding back," Votto said. "I've still got a bit to go, but I feel like I made a lot of progress today."