Edinson Volquez on the verge of return from elbow surgery

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John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer is “hearing” that Edinson Volquez will come off the disabled list to start Saturday against the Dodgers, which would mean returning from Tommy John surgery less than 12 months after going under the knife.
Volquez has been excellent while rehabbing in the minors, going 4-0 with a 1.45 ERA, .135 opponents’ batting average, and 28/8 K/BB ratio in 31 innings spread over six starts. His fastball has been clocked in the mid-90s, leading Fay to wonder if he’s actually throwing harder now that he did before the surgery.
A healthy Volquez would be a huge addition to the first-place Reds, whose rotation ranks just ninth in the league with a mediocre 4.09 ERA. Volquez went 21-8 with a 3.44 ERA in 42 starts before the injury, racking up 253 strikeouts in 246 innings while holding opponents to a .224 batting average.

Angels sign Chris Young to one-year deal

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The Angels went on a Chris binge yesterday. In addition to signing Chris Carter to a minor league deal they signed Chris Young — the outfielder Chris Young, not the pitcher Chris Young — to a one-year contract. Young will make $2 million with incentives that could make the pact more valuable.

Young, 34, hit .235/.322/.387 with seven home runs in a part-time role last season with the Red Sox. He’s historically been a plus defender and has handled all three outfield positions in the past, but he’s really a corner guy/platoon DH these days. Not that the Angels need a center fielder. Rumor has it that they have a pretty decent one.