Wednesday could have the makings of an intriguing matchup when the Reds meet the Padres.
Key words — could have.
Edinson Volquez is listed as the probable starter to face former Reds ace Aaron Harang in Peoria.
However, Volquez is still in the Dominican Republic trying to get his work visa situation straightened out.
“He’ll probably have it today,” Reds GM Walt Jocketty said.
Volquez, who left camp on Sunday, was originally slated to get his approved work visa at the American consulate on Monday, fly back to Arizona and be back in camp today and pitch tomorrow. Him pitching vs. San Diego isn’t “written is cement” as Jerry Narron used to say.
“Probably not, unless he can get a flight today,” Jocketty said.
Volquez could easily slot in and pitch on Thursday, if needed. Jocketty believed that Volquez would still have no issue with pitching on Opening Day vs. the Brewers March 31.
“I would think so,” Jocketty said.
UPDATE – Volquez is definitely not starting Wednesday.
“He’s not going to make it back by tomorrow,” Jocketty said.
Reds pitching coach Bryan Price has a plan in place for Volquez
“He can pitch on the 10th (Thursday) along with Arroyo and we’ll work it out somehow,” Price said. “We’ll keep everyone on their turn so Volky will have to come back on pitch on the off day on the 15th.”