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Volquez unlikely to test limits in Round 2 of Classic


PEORIA, Ariz. -- There's not much concern in Padres camp over Edinson Volquez's next World Baseball Classic appearance with the Dominican Republic.

The right-hander started for the club Thursday in its Classic opener but was removed after throwing just 11 pitches because of a rain delay. That setback means Volquez was unable to continue stretching his arm out on schedule.

The limit for pitch counts in the second round of play is 80, but after the early exit, Volquez's arm is not ready for that kind of a workload. The Padres are in the process of getting in touch with the Dominican staff to make sure it is aware.

"That won't happen," Padres manager Bud Black said. "We've talked about that. They know that his pitch count was down. Because of the rain delay and him not going back out, he wasn't able to get to the 50-60 pitches that were allowable in the protocol. Common sense tells you that he can't go from 11 pitches to 80."

If the Dominicans stick with their current rotation, Volquez is on track to pitch the first game of the second round against Italy on Thursday.

AJ Cassavell is a reporter for MLB.com Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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