Volquez was placed on the 45-day injured list Thursday with a right oblique strain. Volquez was relatively effective out of the Rangers' bullpen to begin the season, but he should miss the rest of the regular season as a result of his oblique injury. It's certainly a devastating blow for the 37-year-old, who also missed most of the 2019 campaign with an elbow injury. He had initially intended to retire following the 2019 season, so it's safe to wonder if Volquez will take the mound in the majors again.
Volquez (1-1) earned the win Tuesday against the Mariners after pitching one-third of an inning, allowing one hit and striking out one. Volquez only needed five pitches (four strikes) to get the win, as he allowed a single to Kyle Seager before striking out Austin Nola to close out the fifth inning. This was Volquez's fifth scoreless outing in seven appearances this season, but he still owns a 6.35 ERA in 5.2 innings in 2020.
Volquez (0-1) allowed three earned runs on a hit and two walks in one-third of an inning, taking the loss versus the Athletics on Tuesday. Volquez loaded the bases with two walks and a single, then retired Robbie Grossman via a popout. Jesse Chavez was summoned to relieve Volquez, and it was Chavez who gave up the walk-off grand slam to Stephen Piscotty, but Volquez was stuck with the loss. The 37-year-old Volquez was recently mentioned as a closer candidate to replace Jose Leclerc (shoulder), but Tuesday's performance in a non-save situation could take him out of consideration in the short term.
Texas manager Chris Woodward is leaning toward Volquez and Jonathan Hernandez as replacements for closer Jose Leclerc (shoulder), T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports. Woodward is not designating one reliever to replace Leclerc, who is on the 45-day injured list, and will roll with a committee of arms. "The one thing I told this group from day one is there are no roles," Woodward said. "We don't have the luxury of saying we are going to put you in a role. I trust guys with experience, you look at Edinson Volquez. Jonathan Hernandez with his stuff, kind of come to mind. Those two guys could maybe take on that role." In addition to Volquez and Hernandez, the manager has Nick Goody, Ian Gibault and Brett Martin as candidates.
Volquez was informed Saturday that he'll be on the roster for Opening Day, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports. After dealing with an elbow injury that sidelined him for most of 2019, Volquez signed a minor-league deal with the Rangers during the offseason. He apparently impressed enough in camp to earn a spot in the Rangers' bullpen to begin the season. The 37-year-old is unlikely to be used in high-leverage situations as a reliever, but he could be an option to fill in as a starter at some point if injuries occur.
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