I know we’ve all discussed much of this, but I wanted to post it up for those who may have missed the news. First of all, Joey Votto was in the dugout yesterday, in uniform, and lookin’ good. He took batting practice and is expected to head out on a minor league rehab assignment this week.

Other news:

–Edwin Encarnacion took batting practice today — 25 swings. “It feels good,” he said of his wrist/hand. “Couple more days, I’m going to playing.” He was referring to a minor-league rehab. Baker cautioned: “He’s been close before,” Baker said. “We’ve got to make sure he’s not sure the next day.”

–Edinson Volquez threw from 110 feet today. He’s take a day off, then throw from 120. After that, he’ll throw off the mound. He’ll also go on rehab — either in Dayton or Louisville. “We’ve got to build him back up,” Baker said. “It’s not around the corner. It’s around a couple of corners.”

So there you go. Maybe the cavalry is on its way and the Reds can start to rebound.

UPDATE: On Votto:

Joey Votto took BP today. He hasn’t lost his stroke. He says he is leaving tonight on his rehab. More details to follow.

Oh man, I hope he’s going to be in Carolina, since I’ll be watching them play a couple of games this weekend.

In other news, Mike Lincoln has been placed on the disabled list with a bulging ERA. Josh Roenicke has been recalled. Welcome, Josh!

UPDATED: Mr. Hal McCoy reports that Votto’s rehab starts tomorrow in Sarasota.