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Cincinnati Reds Star, Edinson Volquez, Out After Elbow Surgery

The bad news continues for the Cincinnati Reds after pitcher Edinson Volquez was announced to be out for the rest of the season – and more - following reconstructive elbow surgery on Monday.

The Reds pitcher has been a revelation since being traded in from Texas before the start of the 2008 season. Exchanged for Josh Hamilton, Volquez soon become the star player at Cincinnati, going 17-6 with a 3.21 ERA. He also threw a staggering 196 innings – a career high for the 26 year-old Dominican.

Volquez had begun this season with a 4-2 record before experiencing tightness in his elbow. The pitcher moved onto the disabled list June 2nd before throwing 76 pitches in the bullpen last Monday, before pitching again on Wednesday and then taking part in a simulated game on Friday. During that game, Volquez complained of a problem with his elbow, eventually seeing him on the operating table for surgery on torn ligaments and other damage in his right elbow.

The news is a blow for Cincinnati, who have nine players currently on the disabled list and have suffered a dip in form that has seen them out of contention in the NL Central.

"It's not good news," manager Dusty Baker said. "It sure hurts your heart." It also hurts your elbow, Mr. Baker…

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