Volquez's road to health

By dannysisto

With his monumental upside still intact, Edinson Volquez is working hard to get back to his 2008-form.

The former “uber-prospect” from the Rangers minor league system was a major force to be reckoned with in his first full-season as a part of the Cincinnati Reds rotation. After getting moved from Texas to the Reds in the blockbuster deal in which he was traded for Josh Hamilton, Volquez tore up the NL central to the tune of a 3.21 ERA and just over 200 strikeouts.

Yet after amassing only 49 innings in 2009, his season was abruptly ended with Tommy John surgery. His road to recovery has been arduous, but if he’s healthy, the rewards could be astronomical.

Through all the bullpen sessions Volquez will be throwing until his eventual return, the Reds organization needs to not rush the 26-year-old.

According to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com, Volquez is on pace to return to the Reds in August. The Reds are, as usual, a dark-horse team to pull off the Wild Card in the National League. If Edinson is able to regain his dominating form for his team down the stretch, he could be the spark to push them into the post season.

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