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Padres cut Edinson Volquez after horrible outing

Aug 24, 2013, 6:21 PM EDT

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The worst start of Edinson Volquez‘s Padres career was also apparently his last. He was designated for assignment prior to Saturday’s game, with reliever Brad Brach replacing him on the roster.

Volquez’s final line last night was six runs — five earned — in two-thirds of an inning. The Padres came back and beat the Cubs 8-6 anyway, but that didn’t save the right-hander. His ERA jumped to 6.01 in 142 1/3 innings for the season. The Padres let him go even though he’s tied for the team lead with nine wins (opposite 10 losses).

Saturday’s start against the Cubs was the second of Volquez’s career to last less than an inning. Coincidentally, it came on the third anniversary of the first time it happened, on Aug. 23, 2010 against the Giants.

If Volquez is going to turn his career around, he has to figure out some way to avoid the first-inning woes that have plagued him the last few years. He had a 6.75 ERA in the first inning this year. For his career, he has a 5.89 ERA in the first and a 4.53 ERA the rest of the time.

The Padres will probably audition either Burch Smith or Robbie Erlin in Volquez’s rotation spot next month.

  1. dondada10 - Aug 24, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    I’m surprised they didn’t try to trade him for something. I know he’s pitching poorly, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there was more to this.

    • stex52 - Aug 24, 2013 at 6:51 PM

      Who in the world would take him? He has been awful. If that was a possibility, I’m sure they would have done it.

    • jwbiii - Aug 24, 2013 at 10:26 PM

      I imagine that he cleared revocable waivers, so no other team was interested in offering $25k for him.

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  2. billgatesbarber - Aug 24, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    Really needs to be recognized how badly the Reds fleeced the Padres for Latos.

    • gloccamorra - Aug 24, 2013 at 7:11 PM

      Volquez was the throw-in pitcher in that deal. The Padres got what they wanted in Alonso and Grandal, and were rid of Latos, who stopped listening to the manager and pitching coach. The kid finally wised up after being traded, but that was the gamble for the Reds.

  3. billgatesbarber - Aug 24, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    They got a top of the rotation starter for 2 steroid users and a first baseman with no power…fleeced.

    • vanmorrissey - Aug 24, 2013 at 7:20 PM

      Wrong again. Glocc is right, Latos would not listen and thought he had the league by the balls. Granted Grandal juiced then disappointed, then injured, but Alonso is definitely not a has been who is just starting to mature as a hitter. Volquez, as stated, was a throw in. Give it another year or so and see if Latos has any off field problems, there’s sometimes reasons public is not aware of at the time as to why a team deals an individual. Latos appeared to have anger issues and maturity problems so we’ll see.

  4. tfbuckfutter - Aug 24, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    I don’t really remember how his career started (just remember he was a phenom)….

    Do people blame Dusty Baker for over-using him?

    • crookedstick - Aug 24, 2013 at 10:06 PM

      Might as well…he gets blamed for every other pitcher that has any possible problem.

      • tfbuckfutter - Aug 24, 2013 at 11:26 PM

        To be fair, that’s only because as far as young pitchers under his tutelage go, it is both verifiable and true.

        So I was curious if people considered Edwin’s decline to be due to Dusty’s proneness to abuse and mismanagement of his pitchers.

    • jwbiii - Aug 25, 2013 at 3:00 AM

      (just remember he was a phenom)

      Remember the DVD Rangers future rotation? Thomas Diamond, Edinson Volquez, and John Danks? They got some good years, and one great one, out of Josh Hamilton and some ok years out of Brandon McCarthy.

  5. mccontrary - Aug 24, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    Watching this guy pitch is like watching somebody play with matches in a firecracker factory. If he gets out alive it’s by total luck.

  6. icanspeel - Aug 24, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    Finally! He obviously wasn’t in the Padres future plans, so it’s time to see what they have for the future instead of throwing someone like Volquez out there every 5 days.

  7. billgatesbarber - Aug 24, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    6 HR and 44 RBI…great numbers for a first baseman hitting in the middle of the order.

    • gloccamorra - Aug 25, 2013 at 11:45 AM

      Dude, he was hit in the hand and missed 40 games. Something tells me you’re personally invested in the Reds being seen as “winners” of the Latos trade.

  8. zurnvs - Aug 24, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Reds didn’t need a first baseman, we already had one. #19 is not to bad. Latos had worked out for the Reds for the last 2 years. Hope it continues. Glad the Reds made the trade.

    • jwbiii - Aug 25, 2013 at 9:57 AM

      The emergence of Mesoraco also made Grandal redundant. So the two key parts of the trade from San Diego’s perspective were guys who would have been collecting splinters in Cincinnati.

  9. fearthehoody - Aug 24, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Cant wait when my Mariners offer him 3 years 30 million next off season!!!

    • gloccamorra - Aug 25, 2013 at 11:48 AM

      Jack Z is operating on a 1-year, he may not think he can get away with that. Volquez may have a future in the bullpen, just throwing his 95-97 fastball.

  10. watermelon1 - Aug 25, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    I honestly hope the team I cheer for signs him. They need any arms they can get.

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