The MRI indicated a distal quadriceps strain, and though Votto would not be in the lineup Friday night against the Philadelphia Phillies, there was no structural damage. The news was a relief for the Reds, as it was the same knee Votto had surgery on in 2012.
Votto missed 48 games in 2012 after he underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus.
Votto, 30, is batting .257 this season, with eight doubles, six home runs, 12 RBI and 19 runs. The Reds have not yet sent Votto to the disabled list.
The Reds have had their share of injuries this season. Outfielder Jay Bruce had knee surgery this month to repair a partially torn meniscus in his left knee and is on the disabled list. Mat Latos is also on the DL.
Catcher Devin Mesoraco returned from the DL on Friday night, and pitcher Tony Cingrani will return Sunday. The Reds just got closer Aroldis Chapman back after he missed the first six weeks of the season with facial fractures.