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Edinson Volquez throws successfully off a mound

Mar 21, 2010, 3:26 PM EDT

volquez cap.JPGEdinson Volquez underwent Tommy John surgery last August and is expected to miss the entire 2010 season.  But on Sunday, according to MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon, he took a major step in his ongoing recovery from the elbow ligament replacement surgery. 

Volquez, 26, threw 30 pitches off a mound at about 50 percent intensity and plans to attempt 45 throws later this week.  He will remain at the Reds’ spring training complex when the rest of the team heads north in about 10 days and has a long recovery road yet to travel, but it’s great to hear that he has avoided setbacks thus far.  Volquez was 4-2 last season with a 4.35 ERA and 1.33 WHIP in nine starts and is the proud owner of a 24-19 record over his first five major league seasons.  Cincinnati could certainly use him this year, and perhaps they’ll get him back by late August.

  1. Joe - Mar 21, 2010 at 5:38 PM

    He was my pick for NL ROY this year – hopefully he retains his eligibility for the 2011 award.

  2. Lee - Mar 21, 2010 at 8:25 PM

    Edinson Volquez won 17 games in 2008. I don’t think he’s eligible for the ROY award. You’re probably thinking of Aroldis Chapman.

  3. Fred Eyeball - Mar 21, 2010 at 11:58 PM

    My pick for NL ROY is Scott Rolen

  4. Chuck - Mar 22, 2010 at 8:10 AM

    I got Pete Rose

  5. BC - Mar 22, 2010 at 9:43 AM

    I got Dusty Baker.

  6. Joe - Mar 22, 2010 at 10:53 AM

    http://www.fannation.com/si_blogs/for_the_record/posts/22221

  7. Lee - Mar 22, 2010 at 2:32 PM

    Oops. In that case. I’m going with Chris Sabo. He did it before, I think he can do it again.

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