Volquez exits in fifth against Giants

Volquez exits in fifth against Giants

Volquez exits in fifth against Giants
SAN DIEGO -- Edinson Volquez exited Sunday's game against the San Francisco Giants in the fifth inning due to cramps in his legs.

Volquez threw one pitch in the fifth before stepping off the mound and signaling for a visit from manager Bud Black and the team trainer. Black then called for Brad Boxberger to replace Volquez, who walked off the field with the trainer at his side.

"It's a huge physical distraction," Black said. "I don't think it had anything to do with anything other than he didn't feel comfortable. His legs were not underneath him. That's going to affect his delivery for sure. He'd probably be the first to tell you that some of the walks he allowed, or some of the base hits he allowed weren't because of the cramping."

Prior to the premature exit, Volquez allowed two runs on six hits in his final start of 2012. He struck out four, walked three and threw 71 pitches, finishing his first campaign with San Diego with a 11-11 record and 4.14 ERA.