The Rangers announced Thursday that right-hander Edinson Volquez has been placed on the 45-day injured list after suffering a right oblique strain in his most recent appearance. With only 47 days remaining in the regular season, that will likely put an end to his 2020 campaign.
Volquez, 37, returned to Texas on a minor league deal this winter after pitching 16 innings for them in 2019. He openly pondered the possibility of retiring last summer, suggesting that he hoped to get back on the mound with the Rangers late in the season and then call it a career. At the time, it seemed Volquez was simply hoping to go out on his own terms, but he clearly felt strong enough last September to give things another go in 2020. He cracked the club’s Opening Day roster and has pitched 5 2/3 innings while allowing three runs, although virtually all the damage against him came in one ugly outing.
What’s next for Volquez isn’t clear. The right-hander has been limited to just 21 2/3 big league frames over the past three seasons after undergoing his second career Tommy John surgery late in the 2017 season while pitching for the Marlins. To this point, he’s amassed 1546 1/3 Major League innings while pitching to a 95-89 record with a 4.45 ERA and 1323 strikeouts. Volquez was an All-Star in a 2008 campaign that saw him finish fourth in NL Rookie of the Year voting, and he’s pitched in parts of three postseasons — including as a key member of the Royals’ World Series-winning rotation in 2015.