Missed 99 games with a distal quad strain in his left knee...missed 23g from 5/16-6/9 and beginning 7/6 missed the last 76g of the season...in his absence the Reds went 43-56 (11-12, 32-44)...despite his 2 stints on the disabled list ranked second on the club in walks (47) behind Todd Frazier (52)...made 23 starts batting second, 32 starts batting third and 6 starts batting fourth...in the first inning of the second game of the year, following a rain delay of 2:40, doubled off StL's Michael Wacha for his first hit of the season and 1,000th hit of his career...on 5/9 and 5/10 vs Col homered on consecutive pitchers over 2g...in the 4-3 win on 5/9, batting fourth in the lineup for the first time since 8/10/09 at StL, produced his fourth career walkoff HR (solo off Boone Logan), then on the first pitch of his next plate appearance the next night homered off Jordan Lyles...on 6/15 at Mil recorded his 600th career walk in his 935th appearance...since 1900, the only other players with 600 walks and a career batting average as high as Votto's .312 mark through their first 935 apps are Ted Williams (.353, 856bb), Babe Ruth (.344, 724bb), Frank Thomas (.327, 774bb) and Mickey Mantle (.316, 659bb)...on 4/12 vs TB made his ninth career start batting second in the order and his first start in that spot since 8/8/08 vs Hou...had batted third in the Reds' starting lineup since 8/10/09 at StL, when he hit cleanup for the second of 2 straight games...from 8/11/09-4/11/14 made 635 consecutive starts batting third.
In January 2004, Major League Baseball announced a new drug policy which originally included random, offseason testing and 10-day suspensions for first-time offenders, 30-days for second-time offenders, 60-days for third-time offenders, and one year for fourth-time offenders, all without pay, in an effort to curtail performance-enhancing drug use (PED) in professional baseball. This policy strengthened baseball's pre-existing ban on controlled substances , including steroids, which has been in effect since 1991.  The policy was to be reviewed in 2008, but under pressure from the . Congress , on November 15, 2005, players and owners agreed to tougher penalties; a 50-game suspension for a first offense, a 100-game suspension for a second, and a lifetime ban for a third.