Votto To Play for the Canadian Team

By: associated press
By: associated press

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - Reds first baseman Joey Votto says his knee feels fine and he's decided to go ahead and play for Canada in the World Baseball Classic.

Votto got the last spot on Canada's team, but wanted to waited to see how his left knee felt after a couple weeks of spring training before making a commitment. He had surgery to repair torn cartilage last season, and wasn't full strength when he returned for the end of last season.

Votto made his decision on Monday after talking to team officials and manager Dusty Baker, who says he trusts the first baseman's judgment. Votto expects to be a designated hitter and split time at first base with Justin Morneau.

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