Volquez Pulled with Back Spasms

Dan ClasgensContributor IMay 17, 2009

NEW YORK - JULY 15:  National League All-Star Edinson Volquez #36 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches in the eighth inning during the 79th MLB All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium on July 15, 2008 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The Reds dropped their second straight game to the Padres on Saturday as they lost to the Padres 6-5 in 16 innings. The loss could turn out to be more costly than just the standings would indicate. Starter Edinson Volquez was forced from the game after five-and-two-thirds innings due to back spasms.

Volquez showed obvious discomfort while delivering a pitch to Nick Hundley. Manager Dusty Baker and assistant trainer Nick Bauman went to the mound and check on the team's ace. After a brief discussion, Volquez was pulled from the game.

After getting roughed up last Sunday against the Cardinals, Volquez was looking solid as he pitched 93 before leaving the game with a 5-2 lead.

The back spasms are being called "mild" and Volquez is expected to be accessed again on Sunday. Hopefully, the issue will be minor, but back trouble in pitchers is never an injury that should be taken lightly.

Volquez is next scheduled to pitch on Friday night as the Reds kick off a three-game series with their in-state rivals, the Cleveland Indians. However, it remains to be seen if the right-hander will be ready to go.

Through 48 2/3 innings of work, Volquez has struck out 45 batters, but walked 31. He currently sits at 4-2 with a 4.25 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.