Votto: ‘I did nothing but progress’

Friday is the Reds full squad report day for Spring Training and it’s the day that Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips arrived to camp. Votto, of course, was an anticipated arrival because it was a chance to see how his surgically-repaired left knee is doing. I will have a full story later on MLB.com but here some quick hits:

Votto went through his physical with Dr. Tim Kremchek and head trainer Paul Lessard with no issues.

“The next test is obviously going to be doing Spring Training type stuff, which is pretty much the ultimate test,” Votto said. “But I did all of my baseball stuff beforehand, training on a consistent basis. I did nothing but progress. I feel really good. I can’t put a number on it but I don’t see any reason I can’t continue to play like I did before the injury.”

Votto acknowleded that his knee doesn’t feel the same, yet, as it did before the injury.

“No, I just had surgery five months ago,” Votto said. “It doesn’t feel the same but it’s done nothing but improve. The doc says if he saw me at random, he would have said he couldn’t tell I had some sort of injury. The test will be on the field. I’ll hit that first home run and everyone will relax.”

As for playing for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic, Votto would very much like to play. He was not part of the original provisional roster but can still be added.

“I’m going to talk to the staff, Walt, Dusty and the front office in general,” Votto said of participating.

Check back later at MLB.com/Reds.com for more on Votto.

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