Going into last night, the Cincinnati Reds were looking forward to getting one of their studs back into the rotation. Edinson Volquez said that he was ready to come off of the DL, felt good enough to pitch, and that he was ready to help the Reds stop their three-game skid and salvage the road trip.
This was all until he left the game after a single inning.
Volquez gave up two hits and one run in his inning of work, but that was the least of the Reds' concerns. Midway through the first inning, Volquez called time and pretended to tie his shoe while he was trying to stretch out his back, which was what caused him to go on the DL in the first place.
When he came back to the dugout after the first was over, he complained of numbness in his right pinkie and ring fingers. That was it—his night was over and he was on a plane back to Cincinnati to go see Dr. Kremchek, the Reds team doctor.
Hopefully Volquez's diagnosis is good and there isn't anything major wrong.
The rest of the night was handled superbly by the bullpen. Mike Lincoln had his best outing of the season, pitching three innings while giving up only one run. Daniel Ray Herrera came in chucking that screwball of his and gave up only one run in two-plus innings of work. Then the game was shutdown by the back end of the bullpen with Francisco Cordero getting the save.
From the offensive perspective, the night didn't start out too well, but with two outs in the fourth, Ramon Hernandez hit an RBI single to right followed by Laynce Nix's double that drove in two.
That would put the Reds in front for good, but Rosales later hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth and Brandon Phillips continued his RBI tear with a single that drove in a run in the seventh.
Good news with a Reds win, but without Volquez, this team will be much weaker in their starting rotation. Hopefully he is ready to make his next scheduled start on Saturday.