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, 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.