Volquez ready, Encarnacion update

RHP Edinson Volquez is ready to pitch again, really really ready to pitch. Volquez will come off the DL on Monday to start against the Cardinals.

“Oh man, I can’t wait. It’s been two weeks,” Volquez said.

Volquez hasn’t pitched since mid-back spasms had him leave his May 16 start at San Diego. After waiting a few days, he was placed on the DL for the first time in his career. Since then, he’s practically lived in a pool, where’s he done much of his rehab in water.

“No more, I quit,” Volquez said of his pool workouts. “You have to work double. It was my first time on the DL. I didn’t know it would be like that. Early to the ballpark and work more than everybody.”

That’s exactly what manager Dusty Baker had in mind.

“That’s how you want them, tired,” Baker said. “You want guys to refrain from going on the DL. That’s how it was in San Francisco. They worked a lot harder on DL than they did off the DL. If you go on the DL, you have to work.”

Volquez threw a 45-pitch bullpen session on Saturday without any soreness.

A corresponding roster move will come either after Sunday’s game, or be announced on Monday.

3B Edwin Encarnacion is still a ways away from returning to the lineup.

“Edwin is going to at least be a couple of more weeks,” Baker said. “He was hitting .127 when he left so he has to go get some at-bats. I already talked to him about it. I said I’d rather you over ready when you come back than under ready. We can’t and he can’t afford to struggle when you get back.”

Encarnacion hit soft tosses in the cage for the third-straight day and is expected to take batting practice on the field this week in St. Louis. After that, it’s a rehab assignment. Encarnacion has been on the DL April 28 with a chip fracture in his left wrist.

“I never thought it would be this long,” Encarnacion said. “I have to make sure I’m 100 percent when I go back in.”

CF Willy Taveras was out for the second-straight start with a sore right hamstring. Chris Dickerson started in his place. Here is the (late for me to post) lineup.

Dickerson CF
Hairston 3B
Bruce RF
Phillips 2B
Nix LF
Hernandez 1B
Gonzalez SS
Hanigan C
Owings P

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