Another rehab start likely needed
Edinson Volquez had a rehab assignment at Triple-A Louisville on Sunday that GM Walt Jocketty called “fair.”
The line against Indianapolis was: 5 ip ,4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K….87 pitches/46 for strikes.
“His command was not real good,” Jocketty said on Monday. “He didn’t throw a lot of strikes. He threw a lot of pitches early. They made the decision to take him out after five.”
A final decision hasn’t been made but it was likely another start in the Minors would be needed. That means Volquez won’t be up until after the All-Star break. The Reds wanted him to throw 100 pitches a couple of times before coming up. That hasn’t happened yet in his five rehab starts.
“I’d think probably not,” Jocketty said. “He only pitched five innings. We can’t have that up here.”
*Ramon Hernandez did not start today because of a sore knee. He was hurting after legging out a triple in Sunday’s game.
“He’s better. He’s got a little swelling in there today that he didn’t have yesterday,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “It’s a little sore. Hopefully he’ll be better tomorrow. Hopefully, he’ll get treatment all day in case I have to pinch-run or pinch-hit for Corky late in the game.
“My trainer is probably tired of me asking him every 15 minutes, ‘how’s he doing?’ It was the same as he was 15 minutes ago.”
Baker wasn’t sure Hernandez could play today if he needed him. As for an emergency catcher?
“I’m not sure of that either,” Baker said. “Janish has been my emergency guy.”
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