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Reds GM says “there is no timetable” for Edinson Volquez’s return from minors

Jul 19, 2011, 1:44 PM EST

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Edinson Volquez was demoted to Triple-A two weeks ago and yesterday general manager Walt Jocketty told Tom Groeschen of the Cincinnati Enquirer that “there is no timetable” for his return to the Reds.

Through two starts at Triple-A he has an 8/5 K/BB ratio in 12 innings and Volquez allowed five runs in six innings there Sunday, causing Jocketty to say that “he’ll return when we’re satisfied that he’s accomplished and improved on the things we sent him down to work on.”

In other words, it’ll be a while.

Volquez started for the Reds on Opening Day, but posted a 5.93 ERA with an 85/55 K/BB ratio in 85 innings spread over 16 starts and this is his second demotion to the minors of 2011. Of course, you can set aside all the numbers and still accurately convey the Reds’ frustration level with Volquez by simply noting that they replaced him in the rotation with Dontrelle Willis.

Since a breakout 2008 season that saw him go 17-6 with a 3.21 ERA and 206 strikeouts Volquez has one Tommy John elbow surgery and a 5.02 ERA in 197 innings.

  1. foreverchipper10 - Jul 19, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    Has any other semi-high profile Opening Day pitcher had a season as bad as this? I say semi-high profile because I want to weed out the Opening Day starters for teams that don’t really have an ace like the Jeremy Guthries and the god help them if they start Kyle Davies’.

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