ST. LOUIS -- Reds manager Dusty Baker said Tuesday that the news about Edinson Volquez could have been worse.
"Well, it’s not bad news," Baker said before Tuesday night's game against the Cardinals. " It’s the best news it could be for bad news. Nothing structural, nothing in the joint."
“He’s not supposed to pick up a ball for a week to 10 days.," Baker said. "He’s got some inflammation in there. The reason he had the tingling is the inflammation crowds the ulna nerve. He’s going to be fine.”
Volquez never mentioned the problem until Monday.
“He might have felt something and thought it was normal soreness," Baker said. "If every time you felt something you sat down, most of us would never play. He had never said anything to us about it."
The Reds have been concerned with Volquez. He pitched a career-high 196 innings last season and then pitched winter ball against the Reds' wishes.
"We were fearful of the workload with winter ball and getting ready for the WBC," Baker said. "We were very apprehensive about the whole thing.”
Volquez made only one start and one relief appearance in winter ball. Why did he even do that?
“To get ready for the WBC, I guess,” Baker said. “That’s the way guys used to do it. But it’s a new day. We weren’t crazy about him pitching at all. That’s the most innings he had. I’m not saying that’s the reason. But we were adamant.”
Players from the Dominican faced tremendous pressure within their country to pitch in the WBC.