Volquez sent out
Quite a bevy of roster moves on this Monday.
Edinson Volquez and Jordan Smith were optioned to Triple A Louisville. Volquez was 3-2 with a 6.35 ERA this season and had a very poor outing in the 12-4 loss to Cleveland Sunday. He also popped off on the offense for its lack of production, but Dusty Baker said that didn’t come up in his meeting with Volquez. The two talked at length in the manager’s office, along with pitching coach Bryan Price.
Volquez was not available for comment in the clubhouse.
“He took it like a man and took it to go down there and get himself right” Baker said. “That’s why we’re doing it. It’s going to be hard for all the way to win if we don’t have a sharp Volquez. This is a temporary setback. Sometimes in this game, or in life period, you have to take a step back to go two or three steps forward. We just felt the time is now. We still have 3 ½ months to come back and be Volquez. There are a lot of ballgames left. You don’t want to do it any later. You don’t want his confidence down. You don’t want your team’s confidence down. You don’t want your bullpen over pitched. The time to do that was now.”
As for who will take the start in Volquez’s place on Friday vs. ATL, it’s TBA. Looks like it could be Chad Reineke or Mike Leake. LHP Daniel Ray Herrera was claimed off waivers by the Brewers and sent to their AAA team. The Reds had moved him off the 40-man roster with hopes to add Dontrelle Willis. But Willis on the Louisville DL with a groin injury today.
“Bad timing for him and for us,” Baker said.
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Called up from Triple-A Louisville — IF/OF Todd Frazier and LHP Matt Maloney.
Frazier, who is getting his first big league promotion, was one of the hottest players for Louisville. He was batting .293/.366/.579 with 11 home runs and 33 RBIs, including a .354 average with six homers this month. The supplemental first round pick in 2007 brings flexibility since he can play every infield position and both corner outfield spots. This season, Frazier has played 28 games at third base and nine games in left field.
Maloney had the misfortune of bailing out the bullpen three times in one week and getting sent out after a long relief stint in St. Louis on April 24. He was a starter for Louisville and was 2-1 with a 4.45 ERA in five starts. He allowed five walks and struck out 19.