Baker happy to have Votto on bench for road trip

Baker happy to have Votto on bench for road trip

MILWAUKEE -- Reds first baseman Joey Votto traveled with the team for the first time since he underwent surgery on July 17 to repair torn cartilage in his left knee, and manager Dusty Baker said he's glad his first baseman is on the bench.

"I've watched him on the bench, and it's given him an opportunity to assume more of a leadership role," Baker said. "I've seen him talking to guys on the bench, discussing things.

"When you're playing, you don't have the time or the energy to do all that."

Votto took indoor batting practice and did some running with trainers before Monday night's game against the Brewers.