CINCINNATI -- After a weekend of being called the Reds' "maybe" and "theoretical" starter for Tuesday's game vs. the Cubs, the Reds announced Edinson Volquez will get the ball in the series' middle game vs. the Cubs.
Manager Dusty Baker had been coy about making a firm commitment concerning the right-hander the past couple of days, but on Monday, Baker finally dropped all pretenses. Volquez, Cincinnati's Opening Day starter, was 3-2 with a 6.35 ERA in 10 starts before being sent down to Triple-A Louisville on May 23 to work out of his early-season funk.
In a pair of starts with Louisville, Volquez was 1-0 with a 1.88 ERA.
"I'm hearing he's throwing the ball very well," Baker said. "He made some adjustments, and that's why he went down, to try to get himself back together."
For whatever reason, Volquez's biggest issue seemed to be slow starts. He has an ERA of 18 in the first inning this season and an ERA of 3.51 in all other frames.
When he stopped by the clubhouse Sunday morning, Volquez said he had also made a mechanical adjustment to improve his fastball command. Earlier this season, when Volquez pivoted 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.