CINCINNATI Joey Votto sat in his exclusive corner of the Cincinnati Reds clubhouse, wearing black shorts and gripping a bat he won't be able to use for a few more days.
Votto is enduring a delay in his comeback from knee surgery, another minor procedure performed Friday when a small piece of cartilage popped loose in his left knee. It happened on a slide, a slide that was supposed to show that he was ready to return to the lineup.
Instead, eight minutes of arthroscopic surgery was needed to remove it and seven to 10 days were tacked on to Votto's sentence on the bench.
As he sat on a folding chair before Tuesday's game against the New York Mets, he smiled and said, "I'm very happy the way the team is playing. Extremely well (19-8). Playing better than when I was on the field, so maybe they don't want me back in the lineup."
Skinny chance of that.
Wally Pipp's name came up Tuesday involving Todd Frazier playing first base during Joey Votto's absence, and playing at a high level...