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.

Hanley Ramirez and Eduardo Rodriguez underwent surgery

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Red Sox DH Hanley Ramirez announced via Twitter on Tuesday that he underwent surgery — left shoulder arthroscopy and debridement, per Tim Britton of the Providence Journal. Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports that the operation is considered relatively minor.

Ramirez, 33, has been dealing with shoulder issues for a while, which explains his lackluster regular season numbers. He hit .242/.320/.429 with 23 home runs, 62 RBI, and 58 runs scored in 553 plate appearances. He turned things on in the postseason, though, racking up eight hits in 15 trips to the plate in the ALDS against the Astros.

Ramirez should be good to go heading into spring training. He has one more guaranteed year left on his contract at $22 million and has a vesting option for the 2019 season worth another $22 million.

Pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez also had surgery, Britton reports. The procedure was right knee patellofemoral ligament reconstruction and it was performed by Dr. James Andrews. Rodriguez has a six-month timetable, which Britton estimates will allow him to make his 2018 regular season debut around the All-Star break.

Rodriguez, 24, posted a 4.19 ERA with a 150/50 K/BB ratio in 137 1/3 innings this past season. He’ll be entering his first of four years of arbitration eligibility this offseason.