Votto homers, Reds beat split-squad Brewers 5-2

Joey Votto hit a two-run homer, an encouraging sign that he’s
progressing in his recovery from knee surgery that robbed him of
his power last season, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the split-squad
Milwaukee Brewers 5-2 on Monday.

Votto didn’t homer after June 24 last season. He missed 48 games
after tearing cartilage in his knee, and was reduced to hitting
mostly singles when he returned because the knee wasn’t fully
healed.

He connected in the third inning off Robert Wooten. Votto also
had an RBI groundout off Tyler Thornburg, a third-round draft pick
in 2010 who is trying to win a spot in the Brewers’ revamped
rotation.

Right fielder Jay Bruce was scratched from the Reds’ lineup
after batting practice because of a sore right heel.