With the amount of injuries the Dodgers pitching staff has endured over the season, Volquez was seen as a reclamation project for the coaching staff. Volquez was a disaster with the Padres this season as he was 9-10 with a 6.01 ERA and had a start when he couldn’t make it out of the first inning.
However, Volquez is slated to pitch Friday against his former team, but is dealing with a blister on his pitching thumb according to Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com:
Volquez said the thumb responded well to treatment and a covering of artificial skin. He said the blister was caused by throwing his two-seam fastball, which he holds unconventionally with his right thumb bent underneath the ball instead of gripping it.
With the Dodgers, Volquez is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA, but has been decent at Dodger Stadium, allowing six runs in 11.2 innings pitched. At Petco Park this season, Volquez is 4-7 with a 5.72 ERA as he’ll look to prove himself worthy of a postseason roster spot.
As Stephen Fife struggled last night and Chris Capuano not making much progress from a groin injury, Volquez looks to be entrenched as the Dodgers fifth starter.
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