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.
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).
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