Joey Votto seemed to do it just to show he could. Toward the end of his first batting practice session of the spring, Votto turned on a pitch and set it on high arc. It cleared the 20-foot high fence in right field easily and landed in the desert.
Votto is happy with the way his surgically repaired left knee feels, but he knows the proof will be in the power.
"The test will be on the field," he said. "I've got to hit that first home run and everyone will relax."
He wasn't talking about a batting practice shot in February. Votto did not hit a home run last year after returning from the two surgeries. His mission this offseason was to restore the strength to the knee.
Votto, 29 and entering his sixth full big league season, reported to camp Friday for the first full-squad workout. He looked lean and in great shape, although he weighed in at 226, up five pounds from last year.
He and the other position players went through physicals in the morning and worked out in the afternoon.
"I saw Dr. (Tim) Kremchek and (trainer Paul Lessard) and went through my physical," he said. "The next test is going to be doing spring training type stuff, which is the ultimate test. I did all my baseball stuff (before coming here). I did nothing but progress. I feel really good.
Votto wouldn't put a percentage on where the knee is.
Joey Votto: Spring training home run will make everyone relax
Cincinnati Enquirer | Feb 16