Chicago’s 40-man roster now stands at 40 players.
Lalli, 29, owns a .298 career batting average (593-for-1,990) with 126 doubles, 36 home runs and 274 RBI in 591 minor league contests since he was signed by the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent, May 22, 2006. He has struck out just 291 times in 2,208 plate appearances and owns a .361 career on-base percentage. He has played 300 games at first base, 109 games at catcher and has made 18 career relief appearances on the mound, going 1-1 with a 3.21 ERA (5 ER/14.0 IP).
The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Lalli is a three-time Southern League mid-season All-Star, earning the honor in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Additionally, he earned Southern League post-season honors in 2009 after finishing the season with a .314 batting average in 118 games for Double-A Tennessee.
A left-handed batter, Lalli was a non-roster invitee to major league Spring Training for the second time in 2012 (also in 2010), and in his first career action at the Triple-A level has appeared in 20 games for Iowa, hitting .178 (13-for-73) with two doubles, three home runs and 11 RBI. He has played 15 games behind the plate and appeared at first base in two contests.
Volstad, 25, is 0-6 with a 7.46 ERA (34 ER/41.0 IP) in eight starts for the Cubs after he was acquired from Miami, January 5, 2012, for pitcher Carlos Zambrano and a cash consideration.