John Fay just reported an interview with JoeyMVP this afternoon. In it, Votto says his recovery is going well and that it won’t be too much longer.

Joey Votto can’t put a specific date on his return, but he sounded pleased with his progress.

“I don’t know,” Votto said. “But I’ve come a long way. I feel like I can’t put day on it. But I feel like I’ve come a long way. I don’t think it will be too much longer.”

The Reds are 26-12 since the All-Star first baseman left the lineup on July 16 for the first of his two knee surgeries.

Also, there is no specific word on whether Miguel Cairo’s not-so-handiwork at first base last night is speeding up the MVP’s time table.