I wonder what the record is for an Opening Day starter getting sent down to the minors in a single season. It’s happened to Reds’ Opening Day starter Edinson Volquez twice now, so he’s probably in the running for that dubious mark.
Volquez has had a bear of a year. He’s sporting a 5.93 ERA in 16 starts, and has allowed 84 hits and 55 walks in 85 innings. They suspicion is that Dontrelle Willis — who has been held out of starts down in Louisville for a few days now so that he’d be ready for the big club — will take Volquez’s next turn this weekend.