Reds first baseman Joey Votto will go ahead and play for Canada in the World Baseball Classic, pleased with the way his knee has handled the first two weeks of spring training.
Votto got the last spot on Canada's team, but wanted to waited to see how his left knee felt before making a commitment. He had surgery to repair torn cartilage last season, missed 48 games and wasn't at full strength when he returned for the end of last season.
So far, his knee has felt fine. He even hit a home run last week, something he hadn't done since June 24 because he couldn't push off the knee after the. He played in eight of the Reds' first 11 exhibition games, going 6 for 16 with one homer and two doubles.
Votto grew up near Toronto and played for Canada in the 2009 WBC. He has received the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame's Tip O'Neill Award each of the last three seasons.
''I look forward to playing for the team,'' Votto said. ''I look forward...