Volquez to DL, Bailey recalled

The Reds placed starting pitcher Edinson Volquez on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday because of back spasms and recalled pitcher Homer Bailey from Triple-A Louisville.

Bailey will take Volquez’s rotation spot and start on Saturday vs. the Indians.

Volquez underwent an MRI exam on Thursday morning, one day after persistent back soreness stopped his side bullpen session after a couple of pitches.

“It’s muscular. Nothing in his vertebrae or anything like that,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “That’s positive news. We just decided that instead of sending him out there 75-80 percent, we’ll get him well and skip one start and get him back to 100 percent.”

Volquez’s DL stint is retroactive to Sunday. That means he could return as soon as June 1 when the Reds play the Cardinals.

Brutal day at the yard for the Reds, who have dropped five of six now with a 12-5 loss to the dynamic Phillies.

The takeaway:

Micah Owings gave up five runs over only three innings. His two-out, two-strike walk of Joe Blanton in the second inning was inexcusable. It led to three runs. He threw 59 pitches through two innings.Owings probably lasted a third inning because his turn to hit was coming up. He delievered with a single but was lifted for Ramon Ramirez to start the fourth. Ramirez pitched 2 1/3 innings.

The Reds were trailing 6-0 when they scored five in the fifth inning. Continuing his hot month of May, Brandon Phillips had a huge three-run homer to left field.

That made it all the more deflating when the bullpen couldn’t hold it. The combo of Ramirez, Daniel Herrera, Jared Burton and Mike Lincoln gave up seven runs to return the game to its rout status. David Weathers worked a scoreless inning.

Pitching staff issues:

The Reds don’t have another off day until next Thursday and just used their bullpen for six innings. Ramirez was the likely spot starter on Saturday for Volquez. Obviously, that’s out now. Bailey last pitched on Monday at Triple-A Louisville (6ip, 6h, 2r, 90 pitches).

Your thoughts on the move and the day?

6 Comments

We have to have better than Ramirez and Bailey in the minors. But when Votto comes back it will help us win the 11-10 games.

No problem with Homer coming up, sooner or later they have to find out if this guy can make it in the big leagues. He’s not much but he will plug a hole until the big boys are back. The bullpen is not helping things. The hope for the Reds to be anything but what they are right now is just that….HOPE!

Good move bringing Bailey up. I thought he should have come up before Ramirez. Big start for him on Saturday.Russhttp://wight4256.mlblogs.com

I’ve noticed the recurrence of an old familiar theme with the Reds starters lately. It seems they can’t get out of the 1st inning without being scored on. What accounts for that? Are they not warming up properly? Is the bullpen mound different than the regular one? Shouldn’t you be using warmups to work on your control in addition to loosening up?

Sheldon I’d like to hear your thoughts on this and maybe even get Dick Pole’s input.

Mark –
Love the twitter updates. Used to think twitter was a waste.

thanks for the updates and news.
already got the gomes scoop

Thanks laRoberts426…appreciate it. As for your question ridnaway, I’ve seen that happen a lot and it’s rarely explainable from managers and coaches. Some pitchers need a little time to get a feel for their pitches or establish their fastball/strike zone. Some, like Arroyo, will feel awesome in the bullpen and lousy in the game or vice versa.

When I covered the Twins, former All-Star Brad Radke was known for lousy first innings but would often throws zeros after that. Not sure that helps answer your question but that’s what I’ve got.

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