Edinson Volquez arrived at Reds camp on time last month, but was forbidden from appearing in a game because of visa issues stemming from his 50-game suspension for failing a performance-enhancing drug test last year.
In order to get things straightened out Volquez had to leave spring training and travel home to the Dominican Republic, where further delays kept him from returning to Arizona until today.
Here’s how Volquez described the odd situation to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer:
I was worried bad. I was like, “I can’t wait anymore, I’ve got to get back to Arizona.” I think I’ll be OK. I threw a little bit down there at the complex. When they told me Monday morning my visa wasn’t ready, I went to the complex. I’ve thrown so many bullpen session and simulated games I feel like I’m going to be ready.
Dusty Baker has already picked Volquez as the Opening Day starter, which likely gives him time to make 3-4 appearances before his first outing of the season.
The Rangers outrighted reliever Shawn Tolleson off the 40-man roster on Wednesday. Rather than accept the assignment to Triple-A Round Rock, Tolleson has opted to become a free agent, Rangers executive VP of communications John Blake reports.
Tolleson, 28, emerged as a closer for the Rangers in 2015, but his follow-up campaign this year was dreadful. He finished with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He eventually went on the 60-day disabled list with a back injury.
Despite the nightmarish season, it’s easy to see a team deciding to take a flier on Tolleson for the 2017 season.
Indians slugger Carlos Santana hasn’t played in the outfield in a major league game since 2012, but the Indians are strongly considering starting him in left field for Game 3 of the World Series at Wrigley Field on Friday, MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports. As the game is hosted in a National League park, there is no DH rule in effect, so the Indians might otherwise have to keep Santana on the bench.
Santana is hitless in six at-bats in the World Series thus far, but he has drawn two walks. He has overall not had a great postseason, carrying an aggregate .564 OPS in 40 plate appearances since the beginning of the playoffs. Still, during the regular season, he had an .865 OPS so he can certainly be a threat on offense at any given moment.