Volquez gets Game 1 start for Reds
Posted on: October 2, 2010 7:15 pm
Edinson Volquez, who began the season not only recovering from Tommy John surgery but serving a 50-game drug suspension, has rebounded to become Cincinnati's No. 1 playoff starter.
Manager Dusty Baker made the somewhat surprising announcement Saturday, revealing that Aaron Harang will take Volquez's scheduled start Sunday so Volquez will be ready to pitch the opening game of the National League Division Series. Assuming the Reds face the Phillies (the most likely scenario, but still not certain), it would give Cincinnati a power arm to put up against Roy Halladay.
Volquez didn't debut with the Reds this season until July 17, and was sent down after seeing his ERA at 6.17 after eight starts. Since being recalled September 11, he is 1-1 with a 1.95 ERA.
"He's coming on pretty strong," Baker said. "He's been especially good against lefties. The Phillies have a lot of lefties."
-- David Andriesen
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