The Reds are "mulling" Edinson Volquez's spot in the rotation after not only his bad start on Sunday against the Indians, but his even worse choice of words following the game, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
After giving up four first-inning runs and seven runs (six earned) in 2 2/3 inning on Sunday, Volquez attacked the team's offense.
"Everybody has to step up, start to score some runs," Volquez said after the game. "In the last five games, how many runs have we scored? Like 13? That's not the way we were playing last year. We're better than that."
He's not wrong -- well, except that it's 12 runs in the last five games -- but he's not exactly earned the right to bring that message.
The Reds have trailed in all 11 of Volquez's starts this season and he's given up 21 first-inning runs this season. He's usually settled down (as his total of 38 runs allowed shows). On Sunday he didn't, allowing another run in the second and two more in the third.
Reds manager Dusty Baker said the team may consider demoting Volquez from the rotation.
"We're mulling that around now," Baker said (via MLB.com's Mark Sheldon.) "Last time, he was a lot better. This outing, he didn't start off well again. We've got to discuss what to do."
Sam LeCure has excelled as a long-man for the Reds and pitched better in relief than as a starter. At Triple-A, the team has Matt Maloney, who is 2-1 with a 4.45 ERA in five starts, Mike Leake who is 0-1 with an 8.44 ERA in one start since being sent down and Dontrelle Willis, who is 3-1 with a 2.72 ERA. Willis left his outing Saturday when he was struck in the leg by a batted ball.
Volquez does have options remaining, so he could be sent down if the team wishes to do that.For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.