In less than a month the Reds will begin spring training. There are a ton of questions around this team but one of the most important is the health of Joey Votto’s knee.
Thinking back to early last season, Votto was on his way to an MVP type season and then injured the knee on a slide into third base. Two surgeries and a rough rehab later Votto was back for the Reds but never quite got back to what he was before the injury. Will he be fully healed and the Joey Votto that Reds fans expect? This is going to be a key thing to watch as Votto gets back onto the field.
One thing that makes this fan optimistic that Votto can return was what we saw from him at the plate after his return. Sure, there was no power in him (zero homeruns) but his plate discipline was evident and he managed to get on base in the playoffs. I hope Votto was able to get his knee and mind right this offseason and becomes the MVP we need at first base.