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.