Before Wednesday night’s game, the Dodgers signed former Padres starter Edinson Volquez after he was released on Tuesday. With the Padres this season, Volquez was 9-10 with a 6.01 ERA as it sounds like he’s been added for pitching depth.
With Chris Capuano still slated to be the fifth starter, Volquez presumably takes over the “sixth starter” spot and with another off day next week, the Dodgers won’t need to use either one in the rotation next week.
However, before tonight’s game against his former team, Volquez was activated according to Mark Saxson of ESPNLA.com:
Edison Volquez is here and Chris Withrow is saying goodbye to people so, putting two and two together…
— Mark Saxon (@markasaxon) August 30, 2013
Pitching coach Rick Honeycutt talked about what he saw in Volquez and after trading for Carlos Marmol, it could be another player that just needs a change of scenery.
With rosters expanding over the weekend, Withrow should see himself back with the Dodgers in recent days as he was productive during his latest stretch. After being used in mop up situations, Don Mattingly put Withrow in several high-leverage situations as he fared well with inherited runners.
While Honeycutt wouldn’t elaborate on his role, Ned Colletti told Bill Shaikin of the LA Times where Volquez will pitch to begin with:
Colletti: Volquez to pitch in pen for now.
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) August 30, 2013
It’ll be interesting to see if Honeycutt and the Dodgers pitching staff can help Volquez as he’s shown glimpses of promise with the Reds and Padres.
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