Tag:Edinson Volquez
Posted on: July 9, 2010 3:45 pm

Porcello on the block?

Rick Porcello Rick Porcello was supposed to pitch against the Reds' Edinson Volquez tonight in Louisville, but the team has pushed him back to Saturday's game in Toledo, FOXSports.com's Jon Paul Morosi reports .

Morosi adds Porcello is not hurt and the decision to push him back came from Detroit. He also speculates Porcello will "pitch before a special scouting audience tomorrow."

Porcello was a Rookie of the Year candidate last season, going 14-9 with a  3.96 ERA. This season's been different, going 4-7 with a 6.14 ERA before being demoted to the minors last season.

The Tigers would like another starter, but Houston's Roy Oswalt has reportedly told the Astros that he wouldn't approve a trade to the Tigers. Dan Haren would be a good fit, but an expensive one ($12.75 million in each of the next two seasons).

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 25, 2010 8:33 pm
Edited on: June 26, 2010 12:15 am

Chapman could be in Cincinnati soon

Aroldis Chapman The Reds expect to bring up left-hander Aroldis Chapman to pitch out of the bullpen sometime this season general manager Walt Jocketty told reporters on Friday. The Reds want to see how Chapman adjusts to pitching out of the bullpen in the next three weeks and then possibly call him up.

Chapman, a Cuban defector, started in spring training and all of this season until this week when he came out of the bullpen in relief of Edinson Volquez, who could also be back in Cincinnati in the next couple of weeks.

Jocketty said the team still considers Chapman's future to be that of a starter, but he could help the team more as a reliever this season. The Reds entered Friday's game against the Indians a half-game out of first place in the National League Central. The Reds, 40-33, haven't had a winning season since 2000 and have made the playoffs since 1995.

"We still see him as a starter, but we feel this season he can help us as a reliever," Jocketty said.

Chapman has dazzled with his fastball that has reached 103 mph for Triple-A Louisville, but has struggled with his control, especially of his secondary pitches. His fastball, however, is electric and in short spurts, he could dominate even big-league batters with that fastball.

There is still plenty of development left for Chapman who has shown signs of a very good curveball and slider, and has been working with former Red Mario Soto on a changeup. Chapman has yet to contain any of those pitches.

Chapman made his first relief appearance on Wednesday, allowing a run on two hits in two innings, while striking out two. For the season, Chapman has made 13 starts and appeared in 14 games, going 5-5 with a 4.12 ERA, striking out 79 and walking 41 in 67 2/3 innings.

Chapman may be used much like the Rays used David Price in 2008. Both are tall, lanky left-handers with a great fastball. Price was further in his development when he came up in 2008, but there are still similarities. The Reds would certainly like to have similar results, a short-term boost to the bullpen and a long-term boost to the rotation.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 22, 2010 1:38 pm
Edited on: June 22, 2010 1:41 pm

Reds' Volquez making rehab start at Triple-A

Edinson Volquez Edinson Volquez is on the comeback trail, and has now joined Triple-A Louisville as he makes his way back from Tommy John surgery.

A former member of the Rangers' vaunted DVD trio who was shipped to Cincinatti for Josh Hamilton and broke out, Volquez wil make a rehab start on Wednesday. He previously made two starts for high Class-A Lynchburg, not allowing a run over eight innings, whiffing seven and giving out no free passes.

In 2009, Volquez had a 4-2 record with a 4.35 ERA in nine starts prior to the arm injury in the beginning of June. His first season with the Reds was in 2008 when he posted a 17-6 record along with a 3.21 ERA, making the All-Star team.

Volquez served 50 games while on the disabled list for violating the substance abuse program. He revealed he was getting treatment to start a family with his wife, but the drug was banned for baseball. The resulting loophole that allowed Volquez to serve the suspension while on the disabled list will likely be closed in the next Collective Bargaining Agreement.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 18, 2010 9:35 pm

Reds' Volquez may return before break

Edinson Volquez could return from Tommy John survey before the All-Star break, Reds manager Dusty Baker told reporters, including the Cincinnati Enquirer 's John Fay , before Friday's game in Seattle.

Volquez, who was suspended 50 games after failing a drug test, threw five scoreless innings in his second rehab start with Single-A Lynchburg on Thursday. Volquez struck out four batters and his fastball was clocked as high as 97 mph. Baker said it looks as if Volquez could return to the Reds as soon as July 7.

"That’s what I’ve got on my (schedule), barring setbacks,” Dusty Baker said. “We want to make sure he’s ready when he gets here.”

Volquez underwent Tommy John surgery on Aug. 3, 2009. His suspension was announced April 20. Volquez admitted he'd taken a male fertility drug, similar to the one Manny Ramirez was suspended for taking.

Baker said when Volquez returns, the former All-Star will return to the starting rotation.

“That’s what best for him in the long run,” Baker told Fay. “We’ve got a decision to make when it happens. Those are good decisions to make. When he comes back that’s like making a trade for an All-Star, which he was, through a non-trade.”

The Reds will have to keep an eye on rookie Mike Leake, who has thrown 83 1/3 innings so far this season. Leake, the Reds' top pick in the 2009 draft, threw 142 innings last season at Arizona State, signed late and threw 19 more innings in the Arizona Fall League.

The team's fifth starter, Homer Bailey, is currently on the disabled list, replaced by Sam LeCure. LeCure is 1-3 with a 3.75 ERA in four starts.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 17, 2010 6:35 pm
Edited on: June 17, 2010 8:16 pm

New York Times: Ramirez sought exemption for drug

Manny Ramirez Near the time Manny Ramirez was suspended in 2009 for violating MLB's drug program, his representatives informed baseball that they were going to file a request to use a banned banned fertility drug to boost testosterone levels, the New York Times reports .

While Ramirez and his agent, Scott Boras, never filed a request, they considered doing so again in September after Ramirez served his suspension, the Times adds -- but they never did so.

The second time was when Ramirez was struggling at the plate for the Dodgers who were in a race to win the division. The Times says that Dodgers personnel, including general manager Ned Colletti, discussed how Ramirez could be helped and whether or not he would qualify for an exemption for a tesosterone-boosting drug.

That's certainly a damning statement.

Ramirez, along with Dodgers spokesman Josh Rawitch, declined to comment on the story. The information is based on three anonymous sources in baseball.

Medical exemptions pose a problem in sports, as the leagues must balance actual need with the possibility the drugs act as a way to use performance-enhancing drugs with no backlash. Baseball is especially sensitive to the issue after Congress called MLB out in 2008 for allowing players to be granted medical exemptions and use amphetamines. Following the banning of amphetamines, the number of exemptions jumped from 26 to 103. The exemptions have not gone down since the Congress chatising, but growth is limited.

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Edinson Volquez was banned earlier in the 2010 season for using a fertility drug as well. He claims he was using the drug to try to start a family with his wife. He is currently serving the suspension despite being on the 60-day disabled list after Tommy John surgery, a loophole that will likely be closed down the road.

RELATED: Manager Joe Torre said that Manny Ramirez will not play the field in his return to Fenway Park on Friday. Ramirez played left field for the Red Sox from 2001 to July, 2007 before being traded.

UPDATE: The Dodgers deny the report to ESPNLosAngeles.com .

"The Dodgers did not look into any therapeutic use exemptions for Manny Ramirez," Dodgers' spokesman Josh Rawitch told ESPNLosAngeles.com. "We decline any further comment."

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: June 9, 2010 6:39 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2010 6:50 pm

Suspended Volquez to start rehab assignment

Reds starter Edinson Volquez, currently serving a 50-game suspension, will start Saturday for the Lychburg Hillcats as part of a rehabilitation assignment, according to MLB.com's Mark Sheldon .

The suspension, for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, will not impact his ability to play in minor league games. Volquez, an All-Star in 2008, underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on Aug. 3, 2009. Volquez has not thrown in a game since last June.

Although he's suspended for testing positive for PEDs, Volquez was allowed to continue his rehab at the Reds' facilities in Goodyear, Ariz., and will be eligible to return from his suspension next week, although his rehab will likely take longer than that.

Volquez could be used as a reliever upon his return to help the Reds' ailing bullpen or he could return later and take some of the pressure off of rookie starter Mike Leake, who has already thrown 73 innings this season, more than half of the 142 innings he threw at Arizona State last season. Leake bypassed the minor leagues and the Reds are closely monitoring his pitch counts and the number of innings he's thrown.

Another Reds starter, Homer Bailey, started for Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday night and could return for his spot in the rotation on Sunday aganst the Royals. Reds manager Dusty Baker told reporters before the game that no decision has been made on Sunday's starter. If Bailey isn't ready, Sam LeCure will start against Kansas City's Zack Grienke.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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