August 3, 2009

Reds’ Volquez has surgery

Edinson Volquez, an All-Star pitcher for Cincinnati last season, will miss the rest this season and likely much of the next following Tommy John surgery Monday.

The Reds said doctors performed the ligament-replacement operation after determining the right-hander had a torn ulnar collateral ligament in the elbow of his throwing arm that couldn't be fixed with the less intrusive arthroscopic surgery.

Volquez likely will need a recovery period of 10-12 months.

Volquez, who has been on the disabled list since June 2 after experiencing tendinitis in the elbow, went through the 90-minute procedure Monday after experiencing stiffness in the elbow Friday during a simulated game that was part of his rehab assignment.

Volquez won a career-high 17 games and earned All-Star honors for the Reds in 2008. This year, he made just nine starts, forging a record of 4-2 with a 4.35 earned run average. He was also on the disabled list in May because of back spasms.