While the Dodgers seem to be set with their 5-man rotation, they made a rather surprising move when they announced that they signed former Padres pitcher Edinson Volquez to a major league deal for the rest of the season.
Volquez was 9-10 with a 6.01 ERA and among all qualified starters, he has the highest ERA of them all. With Stephen Fife struggling at Triple A, management felt that adding another arm would be important. On MLB Network radio this morning, pitching coach Rick Honeycutt talked about Volquez:
Well, not sure if maybe this weekend. I think the guys are set for this weekend and he adds some depth to our pitching staff. We know he has a good arm, he might be one of those guys that just needs a change in scenery.
The corresponding move to add Volquez to the roster hasn’t been announced, but Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times speculated it’d be someone that has minor league options and could be added when rosters expand in the coming days.
Honeycutt also discussed the possibility of the Dodgers using a six-man rotation or possibly giving guys some rest if the NL West is clinched in the coming weeks.
With a rare off-day today and next week, the rotation should be well rested as it’s clear that Volquez will be an extra arm that the Dodgers hope can be their latest reclamation project.
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