Marlins right-hander Edinson Volquez was forced to leave Tuesday night’s start against the Rays in the fifth inning after a blister developed on his right thumb. On Wednesday, Miami placed Volquez on the 10-day disabled list.
For most starters not named Rich Hill, blister issues typically resolve themselves with a week or two of rest. The Marlins hope that will be the case with Volquez. He’ll miss at least one turn in the rotation but could be activated as soon as he’s eligible.
Volquez, 33, was one of the Marlins’ top free-agent additions over the winter as the team tries to find its way in the starting rotation following last year’s tragic death of ace Jose Fernandez. Signed to a two-year, $22 million contract, Volquez has been a disappointment to this point. Through six starts and 28.2 innings of work, Volquez is 0-4 with a 4.71 ERA and 1.81 WHIP. He’s also allowed four home runs. On the bright side, Volquez has 32 strikeouts. In four innings Tuesday, Volquez amazingly walked eight men and struck out nine. He’s the first starter ever to do that in less than five innings.
In Volquez’s absence, righty Jose Urena figures to join the rotation. Right-handed reliever Nick Wittgren was promoted from Triple-A New Orleans to take Volquez’s roster spot.