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Reds change course, Willis to start Sunday

Posted on: July 7, 2011 8:18 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2011 8:47 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

Just a day after leaving Dontrelle Willis in the minors, the Reds have optioned Edinson Volquez and Paul Janish to Triple-A. In return prospect shortstop Zack Cozart will join the Reds and get the majority of the starts at short and Willis is going to take the hill for the Reds Sunday (Reds Blog).

This will be the second stint in Triple-A this season for Volquez, even though he was the Reds' opening day starter. He has struggled across the board, with a 5.93 ERA, 1.64 WHIP, 55 walks and 15 home runs allowed in just 85 innings. You have to wonder how much longer the Reds will let Volquez struggle before just shipping him off. They have lots of starting pitching options and he likely has some trade value considering his one really good season wasn't that long ago.

Willis, 29, is a two-time All-Star who once finished second in Cy Young voting (2005), but had fallen on really hard times the past few seasons. He's 5-2 with a 2.63 ERA and 67 strikeouts in 75 1/3 Triple-A innings this season.

Cozart, 25, was hitting .310 with 26 doubles, seven home runs, 32 RBI and nine steals for Triple-A.

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hotmeuly
Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 1:11 am
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 8:36 am
 

Reds change course, Willis to start Sunday

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Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2011 3:40 pm
 

Reds change course, Willis to start Sunday

 We need THREE more moves to work things out................... Fire Baker / release Rentenia and Gomes.



Since: Dec 4, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2011 12:26 pm
 

Reds change course, Willis to start Sunday

Volquez has been struggling mightily this season so sending him down to work things out can only help.  Either he figures out what's wrong or he doesn't, but at least he won't be giving up big 1st innings for awhile.  I like the idea of bringing in Willis to see what he can do, and adding another lefty into the starting rotation helps shake things up.  Good luck to all and GO REDS!!!



Since: Aug 27, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2011 8:40 am
 

Reds change course, Willis to start Sunday

They really needed a shakeup!  Hope this will do it.


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