Aaron wrote this morning how Edinson Volquez’s arm and his mouth are doing the Reds no favors. Well, the Reds just did something to take care of that: they sent Volquez down to Louisville.
Not exactly the fate one would expect for the Opening Day starter of the defending NL Central champs, but he is the weakest link, so … goodbye.
(note: I’ve been saving that last line since 2002. Too stale? Wait, don’t tell me).
Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that Tigers starter Mike Fiers is dealing with a back issue and may not be ready for the start of the season. Manager Ron Gardenhire characterized the injury as a “stiff back” and added, “Maybe a little bit of a bulging disk or something like that.”
Fiers, 32, signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Tigers in December. He has had a forgettable spring, yielding 12 runs on 10 hits and eight walks with seven strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.
Fiers had a rotation spot locked up along with Michael Fulmer, Jordan Zimmermann, and Francisco Liriano. Matt Boyd and Daniel Norris were battling it out for the No. 5 spot. If Fiers opens the regular season on the 10-day disabled list, both could have spots in the rotation.