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Posted on: August 29, 2010 11:19 am
 

Volquez & Reds Part 2 or Dumb and Dummer

I have written a blog about why Volquez is ahead of shedule and not behind schedule and how the Reds made bad assumptions about him and used him improperly too soon, before he had "paid his dues" from Tommy John Surgery.

Finally the Reds decide I'm right- Volquez does not belong in a title race 11 to 12 months after TJ Surgery. BUT THEY STILL DON'T GET IT.
Volquez IS recovered in reguard to strength and endurance- he could pitch 7 to 9 innings every game. He is stronger than he was pre surgery.

What he lacks is that CONSISTANT pin point control. He had it game one, and the Reds "fell for it" and rushed him into a situation for which he was not ready.

Looking at the data, it will take Volquez 6 more months to obtain the consistant control to go along with his strenght and endurance. How will putting him the bullpen help him in that regard? It won't. He needs to be pitching and starting IN THE MINOR LEAGUES OR SOMEWHERE ELSE UNTIL HE IS READY. He is absolutely of no use as a reliever on a team competing for a division title. He is also getting cheated out of the 6 months he needs to get consistent and be ready for next year.

Its like "throwing good money after bad". The Reds made a mistake pushing him into the rotation so soon, so now they compound the mistake by keeping with the team and giving him a limited role and telling him to "work out his problems" as a reliever.

VOLQUEZ'S ONLY PROBLEM IS THE REDS. He is ahead of schedule and the Reds risk destroying his confidence by making him think there is something wrong with his progress. He needs to be told he is doing great but that it will take him longer to be better than he was.

If the Reds do not destroy Volquez by "messing with his head" as they have done with so many other pitchers, I would predict that Volquez will be a top 5 MLB Starter- but NEXT YEAR. He never had a role this year and does not have a role now. Medically it is too soon.

Dr Steve
Category: MLB
Posted on: August 24, 2010 5:47 pm
 

THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH VOLQUEZ

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I'm writing to all CBSsports.com writers as I'm so tired of seeing articles like the one I'm including here. Its not just CBSsports.com- Its sports commentators and its even Reds players. Sometimes things are so so simple but the answer seems "lost" in the commentary.

 

I include an excerpt below to give an example of a typical commentary on Edinson Volquez.

 

To me as a medical doctor this is insane. In my multi year study of pitchers who have had Tommy John Surgery, it takes at least a year for them to get their velocity back and Volquez did that ahead of schedule. Maybe the fact that he was ahead of schedule caused the Reds and sports people to forget that it takes about 6 more months to get back the pin point control, at least consistently, and end up a better pitcher than pre surgery. The fact that Volquez had a couple games (including the first one back) where he mastered his control and velocity is a modern day miracle. But somehow the Reds thought he would not experience the 100% predictable inconsistency of his control over those 6 months. Why is he being questioned as to "what is wrong with him"? There is nothing wrong with him except that he is ahead of schedule and should not be trusted to pitch in a playoff race. This year should have been "written off" once the Reds proved competitive. He should be in the minors doing rehab until next year when I'm sure he'll be a top 5 MLB starter. Instead, the Reds marched him out there at 11 to 12 months post surgery and despite 2 unexpected great games, he is being questioned as to "what is wrong with him?". The Reds have a long history of playing " mental games " with pitchers which erode their confidence. They did it with Bailey and with Travis Wood. Why would they cause Volquez mental distress and chance ruining his confidence by running him out there so soon after surgery, 6 months before he should get back his precise control? He will be a top pitcher next year as long as he knows he has exceeded expectations for Tommy- John Surgery and that his experiencing this 6 months of control problems is almost 100% post surgery.

Edinson should be pitching in the minors or rehabing somewhere until his control returns by spring training of next year. He will then regain his dominance and then some. Please sports world- Stop asking what is wrong with E Volquez? Ask what is wrong with the Reds expectations and the mental stress they are causing a future superstar.

 

This is one excerpt as an example of a sports article on Volquez

 

" It's pretty obvious something is wrong with Volquez. He has allowed 10 earned runs over his last 10 1/3 innings and and walked six over that stretch. However, manager Dusty Baker doesn't think it's anything physical. "It's not dead arm, it's a poor command of the strike zone," Reds manager Baker said. "He's either walking people or finding the heart of the plate. His changeup and breaking ball, those balls are up in the heart of the plate. You get the ball up in the heart of the plate, these are big league hitters, they're going to hit them." Hopefully he can back to drawing board and make things right before he makes his second start of Fantasy Week 21 (Aug. 23-29) which is scheduled for Sunday against Cubs. "


 
 
 
 
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