Joey Votto relished his long-awaited chance to circle the bases.
Votto hit a two-run homer, an encouraging sign that he's progressing in his recovery from knee surgery that robbed him of his power last season, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the split-squad Milwaukee Brewers 5-2 on Monday.
Votto didn't homer after June 24 last season because of the injury. He missed 48 games after tearing cartilage in his knee, and was reduced to hitting mostly singles when he returned because the knee wasn't fully healed. When the 2010 NL MVP reported to spring training, he said the knee felt good but wasn't entirely back to normal.
He knew the significance when he connected in the third inning off Robert Wooten.