Padres Designate Volquez, Recall Brach
After arguably the worst start of his career, the San Diego Padres have cried “uncle” and designated starting pitcher Edinson Volquez for assignment. Volquez, 30, was acquired in a multi-player deal after the regular season in 2011 and has appeared in 59 games for the Padres between 2012 and 2013. All 59 games were ones he had started.
Volquez struggled considerably this season, posting a 6.01 ERA over 27 games, giving up a career high 95 earned runs in 142.1 innings pitched. Over two seasons with San Diego, Volquez posted a combined 4.96 ERA and a 20-21 record. While being designated for assignment isn’t necessarily the end of Edinson’s career, last night was arguably the last time you will see Volquez in a Padres uniform.
Taking Volquez’s place on the roster will be right-handed reliever Brad Brach. Brach, 27, has jumped between Triple-A Tucson and the big league club a few times this season. With San Diego, Brach has appeared in 25 games and posted a 1-0 record with a 3.97 ERA over 22.2 innings pitched (10 earned runs given up).
Brach, a 42nd round draft pick by the Padres back in 2008, made his major league debut with the club back in 2011 and has posted a 3-6 record and 3.92 ERA over the last three seasons in 101 games. Brach will be on hand for Saturday night’s contest against the Chicago Cubs.
With Volquez’s departure, the starting rotation has a vacant spot to be filled and with the large collection of young talent down on the farm, some fresh faces may be arriving at PETCO Park soon enough.
Tonight’s game is slated for a 5:40pm start time with Eric Stults taking the mound against the Cubs.