Edinson Volquez returns to Reds camp after dealing with visa issues in Dominican Republic

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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.

Diamondbacks sign Kris Medlen and Antonio Bastardo to minor-league deals

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Arizona Diamondbacks have signed pitchers Kris Medlen and Antonio Bastardo to minor-league deals. Medlen will make $1.1 million if he breaks camp with the Snakes. Bastardo will earn at $1.5 million if he makes the team.

Medlen hasn’t pitched in the bigs since 2016 and hasn’t pitched effectively in the bigs since 2013 due to multiple Tommy John surgeries and, more recently, shoulder ailments. Last year he put up a 4.95 ERA in 20 games in the Braves’ minor league system. If he’s healthy he could be a depth guy for the Dbacks in the event one of their big league starters go down.

Bastardo pitched in nine games, ineffectively, for the Pirates before being released last season. He didn’t catch on anywhere else after that so, hey, I guess he’s fresh?