Volquez could miss a start
It looks like back spasms are still bothering Edinson Volquez. His side bullpen session was cut very short by more soreness on Wednesday. Afterwards, the Reds starter went into manager Dusty Baker’s office and told him he shouldn’t make his next start.
Volquez was to start on Friday but was moved back to Saturday today after Baker first heard Volquez was still sore. Bronson Arroyo will start on Friday against Cleveland.
“I was feeling it. I threw only a couple of pitches and still felt it on my left side,” Volquez said.
Volquez, who prematurely left his start on Saturday when mid-back spasms grabbed him in the sixth inning vs. San Diego, was asked if being moved back a day would be enough time to get better.
“I don’t think so,” Volquez said. “I told Dusty that it’d be better if I missed a start. I don’t want to go at like 70 percent. That’s no good for me or the team. He said he’d talk to [pitching coach] Dick Pole about it.”
Ramon Ramirez, a starter who was just called up from Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday to work from the bullpen, is an in-house candidate to take Volquez’s place in a spot start if needed.
In other medical news, first baseman Joey Votto had a doctor’s appointment Wednesday morning and was at another doctor in the afternoon. There is still no word on what has caused his dizziness. Votto is not an option off the bench as a pinch-hitter because of his condition. Plus, if he had to go on the disabled list, the Reds would not want to prolong his time out by sticking a less-than-healthy Votto into a game.
9:30 p.m. update on Votto: All tests have been completed, with results expected on Thursday. The club will provide an update then.
10:30 p.m. update on Volquez: He’s going for a MRI on Thursday. No determination was made about whether he will still start on Saturday.
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