When the Dodgers signed newly released Padres starter Edinson Volquez last week, it wasn’t known where he’d fit in since manager Don Mattingly said Chris Capuano was still the teams fifth starter.
Volquez was 9-10 with a 6.01 ERA with the Padres and after trading for Carlos Marmol and signing Brandon League after he was acquired last season, he seemed like the Dodgers latest reclamation project.
However, before today’s game, Don Mattingly said he had a date in mind for Volquez to start and announced it after the game to Mark Saxson of ESPNLA.com:
Edinson Volquez will pitch Wednesday against the Rockies. Chris Capuano will next start on Sept. 10 vs. Arizona
— Mark Saxon (@markasaxon) September 3, 2013
Volquez has made one appearance with the Dodgers thus far and worked one shutout inning of the Dodgers 9-1 victory over the Padres on Friday night. In two starts against the Rockies this year at Coors Field, Volquez is 0-2 with a 14.92 this season, but hopefully pitching coach Rick Honeycutt has found something in his mechanics.
Moving Hyun-Jin Ryu back in the rotation, he’ll start the series against Cincinnati on Friday with Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw pitching the weekend.
Capuano pitched well against the Padres on Saturday and while he hasn’t been great overall this season, he’s been solid in his last three starts as he’s only allowed seven runs in 17 innings.
It makes sense for the Dodgers to push everyone back and give them an extra day as they’ve opened up a 12.5 game NL West lead and it’ll be good to see what they have in Volquez.
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