Volquez to start on opening day for Padres
The San Diego Padres rewarded Edinson Volquez on Sunday for his
hard work this spring when they announced him as their opening day
The Padres were expected to pick Tim Stauffer to pitch the
opener, but he is bothered by a sore right triceps, manager Bud
San Diego begins the season at home Thursday against the Los
Angeles Dodgers, who will counter with reigning NL Cy Young winner
Volquez was acquired along with three others in a trade Dec. 17
that sent pitcher Mat Latos to the Cincinnati Reds. Volquez is 2-0
with a 3.48 ERA in 20 2-3 innings this spring.
Members of the Padres coaching staff have been impressed with
the way Volquez has handled the many adjustments they have asked
him to make.
”We’re still working on being on the same page,” Volquez said.
”But I think I did well because I did everything they wanted me to
do this spring and look what I got now, opening day. I’m going to
Volquez was 5-7 with a 5.71 ERA in 20 starts for the Reds last
season. The right-hander, a 17-game winner and NL All-Star in 2008,
was Cincinnati’s 2011 opening day starter.
”Overall, he’s taken very well to the instruction we think is
going to help his pitching,” Black said. ”He’s adapted well to
the clubhouse. Up and beyond all that, he has thrown the ball well
and is deserving of an opening day nod.”
Black said Stauffer will be pushed back to the fifth spot in the
rotation, which means he won’t start until at least a week from
Tuesday. Stauffer said no one specific area is bothering him but he
has noticed ”dead-arm symptoms” in his last two outings. Stauffer
allowed six earned runs in five innings against the Milwaukee
Brewers on Saturday.
”It’s unfortunate, but the biggest thing is getting healthy and
ready for the season,” Stauffer said. ”I expect that to be the
case. As the trainers say it’s probably a little dead-arm symptoms
and just need to rest it and heal.”
Cory Luebke is the team’s No. 2 starter, followed by Dustin
Moseley and Clayton Richard.