Last season, Edinson Volquez of the Cincinnati Reds was one of the most surprisingly good starting pitchers in baseball. But this season, the native of the Dominican Republic was slowed with an elbow injury. On Monday, it was announced that Volquez will need to undergo Tommy John surgery.
Not only is Volquez out for the rest season, he’ll likely be out until the 2010 All-Star break — at the earliest. For the 26-year-old, this is obviously very bad news. Coming into this season, Volquez was regarded as one of the better pitching prospects in the National League.
Last year, Volquez had a 3.21 ERA to go along with a 17-6 record. He also had 206 strikeouts in 196 innings. This year, he was 4-2 with a 4.35 ERA prior to leaving his June 1st start due to an injured elbow.
Volquez was acquired by the Reds prior to the 2008 baseball season in a trade that sent Josh Hamilton to the Texas Rangers. Prior to this news, it could be said that the trade had worked out well for both teams.