Volquez to start on opening day for Padres

Associated Press  |  Last updated April 01, 2012
The San Diego Padres rewarded Edinson Volquez on Sunday for his hard work this spring when they announced him as their opening day starter. The Padres were expected to pick Tim Stauffer to pitch the opener, but he is bothered by a sore right triceps, manager Bud Black said. San Diego begins the season at home Thursday against the Los Angeles Dodgers, who will counter with reigning NL Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw. Volquez was acquired along with three others in a trade Dec. 17 that sent pitcher Mat Latos to the Cincinnati Reds. Volquez is 2-0 with a 3.48 ERA in 20 2-3 innings this spring. Members of the Padres coaching staff have been impressed with the way Volquez has handled the many adjustments they have asked him to make. ''We're still working on being on the same page,'' Volquez said. ''But I think I did well because I did everything they wanted me to do this spring and look what I got now, opening day. I'm going to keep working.'' Volquez was 5-7 with a 5.71 ERA in 20 starts for the Reds last season. The right-hander, a 17-game winner and NL All-Star in 2008, was Cincinnati's 2011 opening day starter. ''Overall, he's taken very well to the instruction we think is going to help his pitching,'' Black said. ''He's adapted well to the clubhouse. Up and beyond all that, he has thrown the ball well and is deserving of an opening day nod.'' Black said Stauffer will be pushed back to the fifth spot in the rotation, which means he won't start until at least a week from Tuesday. Stauffer said no one specific area is bothering him but he has noticed ''dead-arm symptoms'' in his last two outings. Stauffer allowed six earned runs in five innings against the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday. ''It's unfortunate, but the biggest thing is getting healthy and ready for the season,'' Stauffer said. ''I expect that to be the case. As the trainers say it's probably a little dead-arm symptoms and just need to rest it and heal.'' Cory Luebke is the team's No. 2 starter, followed by Dustin Moseley and Clayton Richard.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Charles Oakley: Kristaps Porzingis was ‘wrong’ to skip exit meeting

Sixers already looking to extend Joel Embiid

WATCH: Klay Thompson fails miserably attempting a 360 dunk

Jays closer Roberto Osuna says he’s dealing with anxiety

John McEnroe claims Andy Warhol ruined his sex life

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Re-signing Nerlens Noel is Mavericks' top priority

Bill O'Brien: Deshaun Watson well prepared to run an offense

Dolphins reached out to Peyton Manning about possible comeback

The Baltimore Orioles tied an MLB record they can’t be proud of

Report: Knicks afraid of Porzingis rebelling, hurting their image

Report: Blake Griffin opts out of contract to become free agent

Best of Yardbarker: Diana Taurasi makes history

The 'Finest running back from America’s Finest City' quiz

Players who need to turn around their season to save their teams

Sports & Politics Intersect: Washington gets a rare win

Three Up, Three Down: Flouting the written and unwritten rules of baseball

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Billy King Award for worst trade

Kicking it: David Villa isn't interested in a 'retirement tour'

Box Score 6/23: Philly continues to trust the process

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Feeding your roundball addiction through the summer months

The 'NBA Draft going back to school?' quiz

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Gary Payton Award for best trash talk of the year

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Best of Yardbarker: Diana Taurasi makes history

The 'Finest running back from America’s Finest City' quiz

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Billy King Award for worst trade

Players who need to turn around their season to save their teams

Three Up, Three Down: Flouting the written and unwritten rules of baseball

Sports & Politics Intersect: Washington gets a rare win

Kicking it: David Villa isn't interested in a 'retirement tour'

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Feeding your roundball addiction through the summer months

The 'NBA Draft going back to school?' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker