Edinson Volquez has made two starts in Triple-A since being demoted, with his most recent coming on Thursday when he allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings, continuing a streak of success -- the right-hander has allowed just one run in 14 1/3 innings. Reds manager Dusty Baker told MLB.com on Friday that Volquez could rejoin the rotation next Tuesday, the day he's slated to pitch again.
"There's a good chance," Baker said. "I have to talk to him and see how he feels exactly and look him in the face and see his assessments of his own outings."
The Reds have Chad Reineke going on Monday and Mike Leake on Tuesday, but they could demote either one from the rotation to make room for Volquez, who might be the ace the Reds desperately need -- if he's finally turned things around after a 6.35-ERA start to the season in 10 starts.
In his two Triple-A starts, Volquez walked six and struck out seven. He threw 62 percent of his 112 pitches in Thursday's start for strikes, which is a strong number.
"I'm reading the reports, and the reports indicate he's throwing the ball well, throwing more strikes, and hopefully we can get him back in the rotation soon," Baker said. "He went down to accomplish what we wanted him to accomplish, which was to throw strikes, get ahead of the hitters and get his mechanics back. It appears he did what we asked him to do."For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.