Volquez could return as soon as Tuesday

Volquez could return as soon as Tuesday

CINCINNATI -- Edinson Volquez was back in the Reds' clubhouse on Sunday morning and said he is ready for his return to the Majors later this week.

Volquez, Cincinnati's Opening Day starter who was demoted to Triple-A Louisville on May 23, stopped by Great American Ball Park before joining his teammates in Columbus later in the day. Volquez is 1-0 with a 1.88 ERA in two starts for the Bats, and all signs point to him starting Tuesday night's game against the Cubs.

Mike Leake, who was originally penciled in for Tuesday's start, will instead take the ball for Monday's opener, manager Dusty Baker said. Chad Reineke has been moved from being Monday's starter to Cincinnati's bullpen. Still, Baker won't guarantee a Volquez start on Tuesday, preferring to use qualifiers like "maybe" and "in theory."

When asked on Sunday what he was waiting for in announcing who would start the middle game of that three-game set, Baker replied, "Tuesday."

Volquez said he has regained his fastball command during his two-week stint in Louisville by making his motion more compact.

"I feel pretty good," said Volquez, who is 3-2 with a 6.35 ERA in 10 starts with the Reds this year. "My fastball command is better right now. I made a little adjustment with my delivery. ... It's kind of crazy, because it's a little thing."

Earlier this season, when Volquez would pivot his right leg toward third base at the beginning of his delivery, he would step about four feet toward first base with his left leg. As a result, he was frequently off balance, jeopardizing his control. Volquez said he has since refined the delivery, making his first step much shorter.