Cubs Recall Right-Handed Pitcher Chris Volstad

ATLANTA – The Chicago Cubs today recalled right-handed pitcher Chris Volstad from Triple-A Iowa.  To make room for Volstad on the roster, Casey Coleman has been optioned to Triple-A.

Volstad will make the start for the Cubs tonight against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field.

A member of Chicago’s starting rotation to start the season, Volstad went 0-6 with a 7.46 ERA (34 ER/41.0 IP) in eight starts with the Cubs before being optioned to Iowa on May 18.  With Iowa, Volstad went 2-3 with a 4.44 ERA (25 ER/50.2 IP) in eight starts.  He takes a 19-start winless streak into this evening’s outing and aims for his first win since July 10, 2011 vs. Houston with the Marlins.

Volstad, 25, was acquired from the Miami Marlins on January 5 for right-handed pitcher Carlos Zambrano.  He went  5-13 with a 4.89 ERA (90 ER/165.2 IP) in 29 starts last year with the Marlins.  He finished strong by posting a 2.41 ERA (10 ER/37.1 IP) in his final six starts, allowing two earned runs or less in each while tossing at least six innings in five of those starts. 

The righthander began the 2011 season with the big league club but was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans on July 23.  He was recalled to the big leagues on August 12 and, despite going winless, posted a 3.48 ERA (21 ER/54.1 IP) in nine starts to close the campaign.

Coleman is 0-1 with a 7.32 ERA (16 ER/19.2 IP) in 16 relief outings with the Cubs this season and is 2-3 with a 3.48 ERA (13 ER/33.2 IP) in seven appearances (six starts) with Iowa.