Volquez (elbow) will begin a rehab assignment with the Rangers' Arizona League affiliate Wednesday.
Volquez made just two appearances this season before being sidelined with an elbow sprain in early elbow. He's expected to retire after the season but will apparently try to make it back for at least one more appearance before ending his career.
Volquez (elbow) said he plans to retire following the season, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.
Volquez said that he wanted to retire after landing on the injured list with an elbow sprain in April, but the Rangers apparently asked him to stick around and mentor some of the team's younger pitchers, per Weaver. The veteran right-hander -- who completed a 35-pitch side session Saturday and is slated to throw live BP on Tuesday -- is still hoping to return in time to pitch out of the bullpen this season before calling it quits.
Volquez (elbow) is expected to throw live batting practice Tuesday and could begin a rehab assignment shortly afterwards, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.
Volquez was cleared to start throwing side sessions in mid-July, and he's scheduled for two more bullpens over the weekend before tossing live batting practice Tuesday. If all goes according to plan, he'll embark on a rehab stint in the near future and is optimistic about his chances of joining the Rangers' bullpen within the next few weeks, per Weaver.
Volquez (elbow) has begun throwing bullpen sessions at the Rangers' spring training facility, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
With the Rangers angling for a postseason berth and in need of starting pitching depth, Volquez could be an option for them in August. They could also add a starter from another team before the trade deadline.
Volquez (elbow) will make 25 throws at 65 feet as he begins a throwing program, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.
The report didn't specify the day when the throwing program would begin, but it would be safe to assume Wednesday or Thursday. Volquez, who was cleared to throw over the weekend, is on a program designed to have him pitching from a mound by mid-July, making him an option for the rotation by August.
Volquez (elbow) has been cleared to play catch, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Volquez has been shut down from throwing for the last month while recovering from a right elbow sprain, but he's been granted the green light to begin playing catch. Only time will tell whether the right-hander will manage to return from the injured list without requiring Tommy John surgery.
Volquez (elbow) was transferred to the 60-day injured list Saturday.
The move doesn't have much of an impact on Volquez's timeline, as he's been shut down from throwing for 4-to-6 weeks and will still need time to build back up after that period if tests reveal that he won't need Tommy John surgery. He'll vacate a spot on the 40-man roster, with Danny Santana's contract selected in a corresponding move.
Volquez (elbow) won't undergo an MRI but will be shut down from throwing for 4-to-6 weeks, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.
It's possible the veteran simply doesn't want to hear the bad news, as he's stated that he would likely elect to retire rather than undergo a third Tommy John surgery should such a procedure be recommended. He could still pitch again this season if the rest period proves to be enough for his elbow to recover.
Volquez will undergo an MRI on his sore right elbow Thursday, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.
The speculation is that Volquez will retire rather than have what would be a third Tommy John surgery.
Volquez was placed on the 10-day injured list Friday due to a right elbow sprain, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Volquez didn't look sharp in either of his first two outings of 2019, although it's unclear if the injury had anything to do with his poor performance. A timetable for his return has yet to be established at this point, but Volquez did add that he plans to retire if Tommy John surgery is necessary, per Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Kyle Bird has been recalled with Volquez heading to the shelf.
Volquez didn't factor into the decision against the Angels on Thursday, giving up two earned runs on four hits over 3.2 innings, striking out three and walking four as the Rangers eventually prevailed 11-4.
His teammates struck for five runs in the first inning to stake him to a big lead, but Volquez couldn't capitalize on the opportunity and get a win, finding himself unable to get out of the fourth inning as the Angels chased him after forcing him to throw 83 pitches. The 35-year-old is not off to a good start to the season, as he's now given up six earned runs in just 7.2 innings over his first two outings, to go along with an ugly 6:8 K:BB.
Volquez didn't factor into the decision in Saturday's 8-6 win over the Cubs, giving up four runs on six hits and four walks over four innings while striking out three.
Making his first big-league start since undergoing Tommy John surgery in August of 2017, Volquez showed every inch of that rust, throwing 49 of 80 pitches for strikes and managing only seven swinging strikes. Joey Gallo took him off the hook for a loss with his game-winning homer in the eighth inning, but the 35-year-old right-hander will still need to show more than this if he wants to keep his rotation spot. Volquez will next take the mound Thursday on the road against the Angels.
Volquez allowed four runs on five hits and three walks while striking out three over 3.1 innings Monday against the Indians.
Volquez dodged trouble the first three innings and was aided by a runner thrown out at the plate, before he was nicked for all four runs in the fourth. He walked two batters, hit another, then gave up a grand slam to the ninth hitter, Eric Stamets. The 35-year-old right-hander, who's coming off Tommy John elbow surgery, made five spring starts for a total of 13.1 innings. The Rangers' bullpen will be on call early in the season whenever Volquez starts, beginning Saturday, March 30, against the Cubs.
Manager Chris Woodward tentatively announced a rotation for the season-opening series against the Cubs that has Volquez pitching the second game of the season, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. If the schedule holds, Volquez would pitch Saturday, March 30.
Woodward does not want to have the three projected starters that are coming back from Tommy John elbow surgery to pitch consecutively, so he plans to move Volquez behind Mike Minor and ahead of Lance Lynn. The reason behind the move is that the manager does not want to put stress on a bullpen that may be needed to pitch a lot if the Tommy John survivors can't get deep into games.
Volquez allowed two hits and struck out two over three innings in Saturday's game against the White Sox.
Volquez, who did not pitch last season while recovering from Tommy John elbow surgery, made his third start of spring and hasn't walked a batter yet. "It was good," Volquez told T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com after Saturday's outing. "Mixing my pitches, pitching backwards [offspeed early in counts], throwing strikes. I think my fastball command was better today than last time. That's the idea right now: get ahead in the count and get these guys out." Volquez has fired five consecutive scoreless innings and feels confident about his return from elbow surgery. As Texas' rotation is lined up right now, the 35-year-old right-hander is slated to start the third game of the season against the Cubs.
Volquez allowed a hit and struck out one in Monday's game against the Rockies.
Volquez retired six of the seven batters he faced, a marked improvement over his first spring start (four runs, one inning). The right-hander attributed the better results to mixing in other pitches. "Better than the first one," Volquez told T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com. "The first one I just threw hard to see if my arm is going to work. Today I decided to pitch a little better using my breaking balls, even behind in the count. I wanted to work on my breaking pitches to see how they were working in a real game. I threw a lot of curveballs, and my change was working." His fastball was working too, eliciting three groundball outs on the sinker while reaching as high as 97 mph.
Volquez allowed four runs on four hits and a hit batsman while striking out two over one inning Wednesday against the Cubs.
Volquez last stepped on a mound in 2017 before undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery in August of that year. The right-hander's fastball checked in at 97 mph, significantly up from the 93-94 range he's averaged for most of his career. Manager Chris Woodward looked past the results, noting his increased velocity. Volquez is the leading candidate to land the final spot in the Rangers' rotation.
Volquez (elbow) signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Rangers on Thursday, Jon Heyman of FancredSports.com reports.
The Rangers signed Volquez to a minor-league contract back in February, however, when they added him to the 40-man roster Nov. 20, it triggered an increase in pay. The agreement also includes around $5 million in incentives, per Heyman. Volquez was on the shelf for the 2018 campaign while rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, but he's expected to be healthy for spring training and should compete for a spot in the starting rotation.
Volquez (elbow) was added to the Rangers' 40-man roster Tuesday.
Volquez spent the 2018 season rehabbing after undergoing Tommy John surgery in August of 2017 and should be ready to go come spring training. The 35-year-old had a 4.19 ERA and 1.42 WHIP over 92.1 innings with the Marlins prior to suffering the UCL injury.
Volquez (elbow) is expected to be ready to face hitters in the near future, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
After Volquez suffered a UCL tear that required Tommy John surgery in August 2017, the Rangers signed the right-hander to a two-year contract over the winter with the knowledge that he would spend the first season of the deal rehabbing. Now 13 months removed from the procedure, it appears Volquez has progressed to throwing off a mound, but it's unclear if the Rangers intend to have him toss batting practice before their campaign concludes Sept. 30. In any case, Volquez should be able to test out the health of his surgically repaired elbow against hitters at some point during the offseason, which would likely put him on track to contend for a rotation spot next spring.
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