PHILADELPHIA – Edinson Volquez is one of the most easy-going major leaguers I’ve encountered in my brief two years covering the sport.
He’s often smiling, joking, signing sometimes even dancing as he was prior to Monday’s game to the beat of the clubhouse stereo. After giving up five home runs in a game in Yankee Stadium earlier this season, Volquez was still affable and engaging with reporters following the performance. He even chuckled several times during post-game interviews. Nothing seemed to bother him.
But after Tuesday’s 4-3 loss to the Phillies, Volquez was clearly irritated. He was visibility frustrated to reporters for the first time as a Pirate. And much of his frustration was aimed at Clint Hurdle for taking him out after 92 pitches. Volquez wanted to come back out for the seventh inning. Continue Reading →