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11 thoughts on “Joey Votto’s Knee

  1. It sounds as if they are being very cautious, I think that should been the plan last summer. I guess better late than never.

  2. I am sure that Votto’s knee is fine. Once JV plays a few weeks his head will clear and he will be fine.

    Of course, media outlets like CBS want to sensationalize it. I really get sick of that kind of sport reporting.

  3. Of course where the face of your franchise is concerned, there is at least a bit of worry…but after all the years of a taped-together Griffey, I personally trust the Reds staff that Votto is good to go…and the club performed rather well even when he was out, so I’m hoping for the best…

  4. I can’t help but worry somewhat. The first time he has to slide might be a pretty telling moment, too. But I was glad to read in the CBS Sports piece that he actually said he felt good. Below are a few grafs from a story written by the Associated Press about a week ago. It doesn’t sound like he believes he’ll be 100 percent for awhile yet.

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    Votto has gotten stronger in the offseason and he’s ready to see how the knee holds up when he plays baseball again. He’s looking forward to hitting his first home run, “hopefully Opening Day.” The 29-year-old had his physical Friday morning and passed all of his tests.

    “They had very positive things to say, but ultimately the real test is on the field,” Votto said. “I am just trying to get my legs back to 100 percent. It’s not perfect, but I think that after surgery, my expectations — realistically you’re not going to be perfect five months out.

    “However, as far as movement, being able to do baseball stuff, hitting, throwing, I feel really good.”

  5. My existence is less strenuous than Votto’s, but I had the exact same surgery. The doctor was wildly optimistic aout recovery time, saying I’d be good as new within three weeks to a month. As a result I resumed normal activity too quickly, and never gave ithe entire joint a chance to heal correctly. I heard them last year saying Votto would be set to go again four weeks after surgery, and knew in my case that they should have said six months for complete recovery. He’s younger, maybe three months. The doctors are smart and know all about tissue recovery, but don’t seem to take into consideration the need for everything around the damaged cartilage to readjust to the repairs.

    Just my take, same surgery, different person, same optimistic outlook from surgeons, and a prolonged recovery time.

  6. @MarvinBakerDustyLewis: Other than the surgical team I have no confidence in the Reds medical staff. I don’t know if it’s a lack of trust on my part from all the lies they’ve spun regarding player’s health, the fact that they don’t adequately evaluate players shortly after an injury, or have no idea of a timeline of their return.

    I am happy, however, the Reds have one, if not the best, surgeon in all of sports.

    • @MarvinBakerDustyLewis: Other than the surgical team I have no confidence in the Reds medical staff. I don’t know if it’s a lack of trust on my part from all the lies they’ve spun regarding player’s health, the fact that they don’t adequately evaluate players shortly after an injury, or have no idea of a timeline of their return. I am happy, however, the Reds have one, if not the best, surgeon in all of sports.

      This. I certainly would feel better if some outside talent was doing the evaluating.

  7. I know I’m not alone here. JV’s knee wouldn’t have been a concern in other years. “They say he’s good to go. Great!” I don’t remember any consternation regarding Griffey’s injuries outside of the frustration of him being injured again and again. It’s just been the last two years the medical team has lost faith with the fans.

  8. But will Nick Masset be healthy this year?

    In all seriousness, I am worried about this.

  9. When we last saw Votto in 2012, the left knee had reduced him to a singles hitter. He tore a cartilage sliding during a game in San Francisco last June 29, pushed through the Reds’ next seven games and then finally had the test that discovered a torn cartilage.

    The Reds have to get better at knowing when and how to test players.

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