NEW YORK -- Any expectation or speculation that Edinson Volquez's return to the Reds' rotation would come before the All-Star break has all but faded. Volquez had a lackluster fifth rehabilitation start in the Minor Leagues on Sunday as he makes his way back from Tommy John surgery. In his third outing for Triple-A Louisville, Volquez pitched five innings and allowed two runs, five hits and three walks with four strikeouts. Of Volquez's 87 pitches in that short amount of time, only 46 were strikes.
"His command was not real good," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. "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." The final decision hadn't been made, but all signs pointed to Volquez not being deemed ready to return to the Majors just yet. "I'd think probably not," Jocketty said. "He only pitched five innings. We can't have that up here." In his five rehab starts with Louisville and Class A Lynchburg, Volquez is 3-0 with a 1.88 ERA with five earned runs and 13 hits over 24 innings with five walks and 19 strikeouts. When he originally went out, the plan was for him to get four starts at Louisville. But since he began so well, the timetable became more fluid. "We wanted him to go 100 [pitches], but they said he was spent at the end of that time," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "It was hot out there where he was. He'll more than likely go another one, which takes us past the break. But we haven't talked to him yet to see what's going on."