CINCINNATI -- It's a question that has swirled since news broke Monday that Reds superstar Joey Votto needed arthroscopic surgery on his left knee:
Why didn't Votto have a MRI exam sooner? The test, which wasn't performed until Monday, revealed a tear in the medial meniscus cartilage. Votto was originally injured sliding into third base on June 29 at San Francisco.
Reds manager Dusty Baker and general manager Walt Jocketty defended the club's course of action.
"They didn't think it was what it was or as serious as it was," Baker said on Tuesday. "It happens all the time. We've got one of the best medical staffs around. It's easy to say 'How come you didn't do this or that?' It didn't merit or warrant doing that at that time."
Votto had successful arthroscopic surgery on Tuesday and is expected to miss three-to-four weeks. He exited the June 30 game vs. the Giants in the fifth inning when the knee continued to bother him and then missed two full games at Los Angeles. He was 9-for-32 (.281) after he returned.
"He was playing through it," Jocketty told MLB.com. "It just got to the point where it was tough for him to play with it so he asked the doctor for the MRI."
Jocketty did not feel there was a need for the club's medical staff to suggest to Votto that he get an MRI at the onset of the injury.
"We didn't know it was problem," Jocketty said. "He played quite a few days without it bothering him. Then it started to bother him again more and more."
As for the hindsight of knowing then what the Reds know now?
"I'm not going to speculate on that," Jocketty said.