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Cubs drop Chris Volstad and his 7.46 ERA from the rotation

May 18, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

Chris Volstad AP

Chris Volstad has been booted from the Cubs’ rotation and optioned to Triple-A after the 25-year-old right-hander went 0-6 with a 7.46 ERA in eight starts.

Volstad’s secondary numbers aren’t nearly as bad as his hideous ERA and he was generally a decent back-of-the-rotation starter for the Marlins from 2008-2011, but it’s tough to stick with a guy who’s given up 36 runs in 41 innings and the Cubs have a capable replacement in Travis Wood waiting in the wings at Triple-A.

Wood hasn’t officially been called up yet, but Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports that he’ll step into Volstad’s rotation spot beginning Tuesday versus the Astros. He was acquired from the Reds in the Sean Marshall trade and the 25-year-old left-hander has a 4.19 ERA in 215 career innings.

Volstad came to Chicago in the Carlos Zambrano deal and will be paid $2.6 million in the minors.

  1. jimmymarlinsfan - May 18, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    Cough stole Zambrano, cough, cough

    The Cubs have always been generous to the Marlins in terms of acquiring their talent

    And then of course there is the 03′ NLCS but I’ve run out of salt for those wounds

    • biasedhomer - May 18, 2012 at 8:06 PM

      Big Z’s contract is way too much.

      • jimmymarlinsfan - May 18, 2012 at 8:47 PM

        But the Cubs are picking up the vast majority of the deal and the Marlins would have paid more for Volstad in arbitration…and when stat comparing…no brainer

      • Old Gator - May 19, 2012 at 12:24 AM

        I was happy to see Volstad go and I hated the Lamebraino acquisition at the time, but now – especially after he gagged the Wahoos tonight – I gotta admit, a change of scene has really done this guy some good. That and what else – chlorpromazine? I’m not quite ready to attribute it all to his religious experience in Venezuela this past Weenter.

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