Last night Edinson Volquez pitched for the Louisville Bats, the Cincinnati Reds Triple A affiliate, against the Toledo Mud Hens.
Making his ninth start since being demoted in mid-July, Volquez was perfect through five
innings. He was tagged with the loss after giving up 3 ER , 3 H, 3 W and 6 K in 7.2 innings.
This season at Louisville, the 28 year old Dominican, is 3-2 with an ERA of 2.42. It is his 8th quality start in his last 10 games.
As Volquez has learned the hard way there is no ‘I’ in the word ‘team’. Before being sent down the first time in May, he was vocally critical of his team’s lack of offense on his behalf.
That was then, this is now. I guess in a way that second demotion was tantamount to him receiving a phone call from Copernicus saying he was not the center of the universe.
I must say that I am far removed from a fan of Volquez. I became soured on him when he showed up positive for PED’s. I doubt that I will ever regain a high regard for him again.
In all fairness to him, the Reds need to do something with him. It is my belief that he is no longer a part of their long range plans. He should be traded as soon as possible.
He was sent to the minors to become rehabilitated and to find the strike zone. As evidenced last night, he has done that and needs to be freed from the shackles of Triple A ball.
If I am incorrect in my assessment, they need to send someone else down and bring Volquez up and put him back in the rotation. But who has pitched badly enough to warrant such retribution?
Johnny Cueto has been one of the best pitchers in baseball, there is no way he is moving anywhere. Mike Leake has been the most consistent starter behind Cueto. It would be a terrible injustice for him to be replaced
Homer Bailey has had a couple bad starts but has such a high proclivity for the DL, that you would hate to see his rhythm messed with.
Dontrelle Willis has kept the Reds in every game he has started except one. Instead of being 0-3 he should be at least 6-1. The bullpen has treated him as though he were not worth saving. It has been disastrous. Apparently the only way he can get a win is if his pitch count is low enough to finish a game and is working on a shutout.
He has done enough time in Louisville to run for mayor, so I say he stays.
That leaves only Bronson Arroyo, the workhorse of the staff since being traded for Wily Mo Pena back in 2006. The durable right hander has never missed a start due to an injury or has ever been placed on the DL. He has been suffering with ailments all year beginning with mononucleosis in Spring Training.
Perhaps it is time his streak should come to an end. Just sayin’.
It is time to get off the toothpicks and do something with Volquez. He needs to be dealt with straight up. Either use him or trade him. He may be able to bring a nice return.