One week after being placed on the 10-day disabled list with tendinitis in his left knee, Miami Marlins starting pitcher Edinson Volquez underwent an MRI on the knee Friday according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald.
Volquez was expected to be ready to make his return to the mound Sunday in the finale of the Marlins’ series against the Dodgers, but Marlins manager Don Mattingly did not sound as optimistic as he was prior to the All-Star break. Should Volquez not be able to pitch Sunday, Mattingly said on Friday that Tom Koehler would likely get the call.
“Everybody is rested, so it would be easy to give (Volquez) a few extra days,” Mattingly said according to the Herald. “We just have to find a fifth spot (in the rotation) if something is there.”
The Marlins will not make a decision regarding Volquez’s status until they receive the results from his MRI. Volquez has made 17 starts for the Marlins this season, going 4-8 with a 4.19 ERA in 92 1/3 innings of work. Volquez pitched just four innings in his start against the Cardinals on July 5, allowing four runs on six hits. He would be placed on the disabled list two days later. At the time, Mattingly said that Volquez’s bullpen session on Friday would determine whether or not he’d return to the rotation on July 16.
“We want him to be able to throw a bullpen and make sure everything’s going to be good,” Mattingly said on July 7. “We’d feel more comfortable — and he’d be more comfortable — being able to throw that bullpen on Friday. He always throws it two days before.”