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Despite ugly spring, Edinson Volquez likely to wind up in the Pirates’ rotation

Mar 16, 2014, 9:50 PM EST

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Edinson Volquez has had a nightmarish spring, allowing 13 runs (11 earned) on 14 hits and five walks while striking out eight. Three of those hits are home runs. The right-hander just hasn’t been the same since a breakout 2008 season with the Reds, when he finished with a 3.21 ERA in 196 innings.

Still, Volquez is very likely to wind up at the back of the Pirates’ starting rotation, according to GM Neal Huntington, via Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. As a result, lefty Jeff Locke will either move to the bullpen or return to Triple-A Indianapolis.

  1. Stiller43 - Mar 16, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    This years jonathan sanchez. Cut mid may latest

    • toodrunktotastethischicken - Mar 16, 2014 at 10:52 PM

      Aren’t they paying him $5 Million?

      • paperlions - Mar 16, 2014 at 11:09 PM

        Yes, but a guy that has negative value to your roster has more value being cut and paid $5M than taking up a spot, pitching horribly, and being paid $5M.

    • theman1932 - Mar 17, 2014 at 12:18 AM

      Reds fans see it as $5 million well spent. Although I’d rather the Pirates donate $5 million to Reds community fund rather than pay a loser who posted NL’s worst ERA despite pitching in SD and LAD.

      So you’re telling me his 50-game suspension and downfall may actually be related…

  2. watchfullhose - Mar 16, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    Roid casualty

  3. karlkolchak - Mar 17, 2014 at 7:48 AM

    Even as a fifth starter, this guy spells disaster for the Pirates. Do they really have nobody else?

  4. soundsofsuccess7 - Mar 17, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Dumb

  5. berseliusx - Mar 17, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    Maybe this is the year he finally wins the NL Rookie of the Year award.

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