When Joey Votto comes back, he will come back on his terms. That means sliding, breaking up double plays and the like. The biggest hurdle for Votto's return is going to be to slide. That's how he injured the knee. That's how he reinjured it.

A simple solution to hasten his return: Don't slide.

"I'm not going to come back until I can do everything as a ballplayer," he said. "I'm not comfortable coming back and not being able to play defense or break up a double play. I'm responsible for myself once I step on the field.