Votto talks about setback
I will have more later on Reds.com/MLB.com but Joey Votto spoke to the media Tuesday for the first time since the setback and second surgical procedure on his left knee on Friday. Votto believed he was progressing well.
“It’s completely different,” Votto said. “The first time, it probably took me a week and a half to get to where I am now. It was a very minor procedure. I feel OK. I’m just frustrated, wishing I was playing and stuff. That’s been the hardest part of this whole thing.”
At time of the setback, Votto felt like he was getting close to coming off of the disabled list. He admitted to becoming overzealous and pushing things.
“I hurt it sliding,” Votto said. “It wasn’t a bi-product of any of the strength training stuff or any of the medical stuff or any of the things that I ran myself through – baseball or physical therapy. I banged it sliding. I’ve slid a thousand times. Before I played, I was hoping to get a round of that stuff in. I happened to re-injure it doing that.”
Votto said he wouldn’t return unless he is 100 percent healthy, and has no timetable. He won’t avoid sliding or other things that could pose a risk in order to speed his return to the lineup.
“I’m not going to come back until I can do everything that I have to do as a ballplayer,” Votto said. “I’m not comfortable coming back not being able to play defense or be able to break up a double play or be able go from first to third. I’m responsible for myself once I step on the field. If I can’t take a guy out and it costs us a run or something like that, that’s something I’d have a hard time looking my teammates in the eyes and be able to explain myself. I’m accountable for myself as a player. Whenever I come back, I will be.
“I just want to be healthy the next time I go out there. I’m very happy the team is playing extremely well, playing better than when I was out there. Maybe they don’t want me back in the lineup. The next time I come back, I will be 100 percent ready to play and do everything before I was hurt.”
One thing benefitting the Reds is they are 19-8 since Votto went down last month. They entered today with a five game lead over the second place Pirates. While they certainly want him back, the club can avoid rushing him back…which is obviously something Votto is not comfortable doing.