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Edinson Volquez may be moved to the bullpen

Aug 24, 2010, 9:32 PM EDT

Edinson Volquez failed to escape the first inning Monday night against the Giants, allowing five runs on five hits and three walks over just two-thirds of an inning. He now has a 6.17 ERA and 1.97 WHIP over his first eight starts since being activated from the disabled list in July, posting a troublesome 36/27 K/BB ratio over 35 innings.

Wild inconsistencies aren’t anything new with a pitcher returning from Tommy John surgery, but it’s especially tough for the Reds to continue to putting him out there in the middle of a playoff race. With that in mind, Reds manager Dusty Baker told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com that he “did not know” whether Volquez would make his next scheduled start Sunday.

“We have to decide if it’s better served for him to continue to start
and hope he gets it or have somebody else start and possibly put him in
the bullpen or something,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “We’ll decide
that after we revamp who’s pitching. Bryan is going to come up with two
or three different scenarios that we’ll go over and we’ll try to come up
with the best one for us and for them.”

It would be easy for the Reds to swap Mike Leake with Volquez, however the team recently sent the young right-hander to the bullpen in an effort to limit his workload. Aaron Harang would make plenty of sense for the spot, but he was recently hammered for six runs in a rehab start with Triple-A Louisville last Friday. Ultimately, it may come down to Matt Maloney, who was sent back to the minors when Volquez returned to the majors last month. The 26-year-old left-hander posted a 3.09 ERA in two starts with the Reds and has a 3.35 ERA in 22 games (21 starts) with Triple-A Louisville this season.

  1. CYGNUS X-1 - Aug 25, 2010 at 9:47 AM

    worst trade of the decade goes to the reds who trade a 5 tool outfielder for a overrated pitcher.volquez has had 1 half a good season in 2008 since coming to the reds. he won 14 games for them before the all star game that year and ened up with 17 for the year.he went 4-3 with an era over 4 begore going on the dl last year and he has pitched awful since coming back this year. why waste time with him walking guys out of the pen?just send him down to the minors untill he gets his stuff together. the reds never had a problem with shipping Home Bailey down whenever he pitched a bad game,yet volquez and quteo are guranteed spots in the rotation no matter how bad they pitch. let me know when either one make it past the 5th when pitchinf to a team other than the pirates. they have to throw a 100 pitches to do that.

  2. BC - Aug 25, 2010 at 9:55 AM

    They rushed him back.
    See how he’s doing next year at this time. Think Fransisco Liriano. Took him a season and a half to get back close to where he was.

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