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Volquez set for second rehab start

CINCINNATI — Cincinnati Reds right-hander Edinson Volquez is scheduled to make his second rehab start since undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Volquez will start for Class A Lynchburg on Thursday.

Volquez, who had ligament-replacement surgery last Aug. 3, pitched three shutout innings for Lynchburg on Saturday. He allowed hits to the first two batters he faced before retiring the next nine, three with strikeouts. He didn’t issue a walk.

Volquez, who was handed a 50-game suspension April 20 for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance, was due to complete that suspension Monday.

The 26-year-old is 21-8 with a 3.44 ERA in two seasons with Cincinnati since being acquired from Texas along with left-hander Daniel Ray Herrera for outfielder Josh Hamilton on Dec. 21, 2007.