Rangers right-hander Edinson Volquez will consider retirement if the injury that recently landed him on the IL turns out to be another UCL tear, per Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News (via Twitter).
Volquez underwent Tommy John to repair the UCL in his throwing elbow in August of 2017, returning to big league action for the first time since the injury this season. He started two games before being placed on the IL with an elbow sprain. If the injury turns out to be a tear of the ulnar collateral ligament, as feared, Volquez plans to hang up his spikes. Neal reports Volquez saying (on the possibility of a tear): “If it is, I will go home and watch my daughter grow up. No complaints about what I’ve done in baseball.”
Volquez, 35, began his career in Texas before being sent to Cincinnati (with Danny Herrera) for Josh Hamilton. He threw 12 innings over 2 starts for the Royals in the 2015 World Series, including starting the series-clinching game five win over the Mets. He strongest season came as a 24-year-old in Cincinnati when he went 17-9 with a 3.21 ERA over 196 innings. Though that 2008 season may have been the high water mark for Volquez, he nonetheless put together a solid career as well as somewhat of a bounceback in 2014 and 2015, when he put together back-to-back 13-win campaigns for the Pirates and Royals, respectively.