Joey Votto very clearly wanted to clear the air. Votto sought out the media as soon as he arrived in the Reds clubhouse Wednesday, the day after surgery on his left knee.

There have been a lot of questions about why Votto was not given an MRI until 16 days after the original.

"It wasn't until a couple of days ago that I thought it was important to talk to (trainer) Paul Lessard and (general manager) Walt Jocketty," he said. "I was feeling great after those four days off at the All-Star break. Then coming back, I was at 85, 95 percent running. It just started swelling up and felt like I tweaked something. It felt like it did back in San Francisco.

"That's when I knew it was time to go in and talk some more about it. I thought it was handled perfectly. I really do. I got to play in California and I healed. Then my knee told me the truth."

Votto does not regret waiting to get an MRI.

"No, all of us players, we deal with things here and there," he said. "Sometimes, you think you might need some help and then it heals. Other times, you don't think you need help and it's serious.