July 3, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Chris Volstad (32) pitches in the second inning against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE
Volstad and Alberto Cabrera up. Coleman to Iowa.— Bruce Miles (@BruceMiles2112) August 1, 2012
In a corresponding roster move, the Cubs have optioned right-hander Casey Coleman to Triple-A.
Volstad started nine games for the Cubs this year after being acquired from the Miami Marlins this off-season. Over 45 1/3 innings pitched, the 25-year-old posted an ugly 7.94 ERA and 1.654 WHIP, leading to his demotion to Triple-A.
He’s started 12 games in the minors this season, maintaining an ERA and WHIP of 5.17 and 1.472.
The next pitch Cabrera throws at the major league will be his first. The 23-year-old has spent the season between the Cubs’ Double- and Triple-A affiliates, maintaining an ERA and WHIP of 3.11 and 1.327.
Coleman, 25, appeared in 17 games, including one start, with the Cubs this season. Over 24 innings, the right-hander posted an ERA and WHIP of 7.40 and 2.014.
It’s being reported that the Cubs will use both Volstad and Cabrera as relievers, leaving them requiring a starter for Sunday.
Will Volstad ever develop into a viable major league starting pitcher?