Votto off to solid start since return from DL

Votto off to solid start since return from DL

MILWAUKEE -- The sample size of offense is still on the small side since Reds first baseman Joey Votto returned from the disabled list. But it's still an encouraging sign that Votto has been productive.

After he missed nearly a month with a left quadriceps strain, Votto notched hits in each of his first six games back, including Sunday against the Brewers, and has three two-hit games.

"I feel good. It's been a bit of an adjustment coming back but I feel totally fine," Votto said before Sunday's game.

Both of the left-handed-hitting Votto's doubles were hit to the opposite field, which has historically been part of his approach and a sign he's more dialed in at the plate. He also hasn't appeared to be favoring his leg when he's running.

To Votto, the biggest signs that he's feeling better are ones that most fans can't see because they don't happen in the games.

"Usually, the thing I pay attention to is the way I look and feel when I work before a game," Votto said. "During a game, most of it is instincts and trying to execute a plan. Before a game, you get a good idea of what your physical capacity is. And I feel great before the game. I'm hitting the ball well during batting practice. I'm capable of doing what I want to do."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.