Edinson Volquez SP PIT 2 Days

Edinson Volquez allowed two runs over seven innings in defeating the Brewers on Thursday.

Volquez had an ugly spring, but this makes three strong starts in a row for him to start the year. He actually threw just 77 pitches tonight, which is remarkable efficient for him. His GB/FB ratio was just average, but staying away from the walks (one) and homers (none) was enough for him to hold down the righty-dominated Brewers lineup for the second time in six days.

Edinson Volquez SP PIT 13 Days

Edinson Volquez limited the Cardinals to one earned run over 5 2/3 innings Sunday in the Pirates' 2-1 win.

Volquez probably could have gone longer -- he was pulled at 81 pitches -- but Pirates manager Clint Hurdle decided not to press his luck. The right-hander had a flat fastball but good-looking breaking stuff and the struggling St. Louis lineup managed just three hits. Volquez is not a good fantasy bet this season, despite his impressive-seeming regular-season debut Sunday against a division-rival.

Edinson Volquez SP PIT 25 Days

Edinson Volquez will make his next start in extended spring training.

Volquez was originally scheduled to start on Wednesday against the Twins, but the Pirates have changed plans. The veteran right-hander has really struggled this spring, but he remains on track to make his first regular season start on April 6 against the Cardinals.

Edinson Volquez SP PIT 25 Days

Edinson Volquez will not make his next scheduled start Wednesday against the Twins.

No word yet on the reason for the change. Brandon Cumpton will start in his place.

Edinson Volquez SP PIT 1 Month

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington indicated Sunday that Edinson Volquez will be part of the team's rotation in spite of his struggles this spring.

Volquez has allowed 13 runs -- 11 earned -- while walking five batters in nine innings this spring, but the Pirates evidently aren't overly concerned with the results. With Volquez virtually assured of a starting job, that means Jeff Locke will likely be in the bullpen or possibly at Triple-A. Volquez can't be trusted in fantasy leagues.

Edinson Volquez SP PIT 1 Month

Edinson Volquez yielded four runs -- two earned -- and five hits in 3 1/3 innings Saturday in a loss to the Rays.

That's improvement, sadly enough. The Pirates want Volquez in their rotation, but they can't stick him there if he doesn't make significant progress over the next two weeks. He's allowed 13 runs -- 11 earned -- with an 8/5 K/BB ratio in nine innings this spring.

Edinson Volquez SP PIT 4 Months

Pirates signed RHP Edinson Volquez to a one-year, $5 million contract.

The Pirates have had a knack for taking pitchers off the scrap heap and getting useful innings out of them, but Volquez was pretty terrible in 2013. He should be assured of a spot in the Pirates rotation and makes for an interesting flyer in the later rounds of mixed league drafts.

Edinson Volquez SP PIT 4 Months

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Pirates have signed Edinson Volquez to a one-year, $5 million contract, pending a physical.

Ray Searage's latest reclamation project, Volquez posted an ugly 5.71 ERA and 142/77 K/BB ratio over 170 1/3 innings this past season with the Padres and Dodgers. His control will likely always be an issue, but we wouldn't rule out a return to fantasy relevancy.

Edinson Volquez SP PIT 6 Months

The Dodgers have added Edinson Volquez and Carlos Marmol to their NLCS roster.

They're taking the spots of Paco Rodriguez and Chris Capuno. Volquez's addition makes sense, as he offers protection for Ricky Nolasco (19 runs over his last 12 regular season innings) and Hyun-Jin Ryu (injury concerns). However, if either pitcher has to play a big role during the NLCS, the Dodgers are in trouble.

Edinson Volquez SP PIT 7 Months

Edinson Volquez yielded two runs in five innings Thursday in a no-decision versus the Giants.

Volquez is eligible for the Dodgers' postseason roster, and he's made a bit of a case by giving up three runs or fewer in four straight starts. Still, it seems like a long shot that he'll be included. He's 0-2 with a 4.18 ERA for the Dodgers after going 9-10 with a 6.01 ERA for San Diego.