Clock ticking louder on struggling Volstad
MILWAUKEE -- With a day to think about it, the Cubs are still set on giving Chris Volstad another chance to prove himself as a starter.
Manager Dale Sveum confirmed Sunday that the struggling Volstad will take his turn again in the rotation this week. He is scheduled to next take the mound Thursday at home against the Philadelphia Phillies.
With Casey Coleman now on the roster, the Cubs could go to him to start, but that move isn’t coming this week anyway.
“You can do a lot of things,” Sveum said. “When are we going to (make a rotation change) that is another million-dollar question. But it’s funny how a guy has just as many shutout innings as anybody in baseball but his one inning isn’t one run, it’s three, four, five or six in an inning.”
One bad inning has been Volstad’s undoing all season. His most recent came in the sixth inning Saturday when he gave up five runs, four on a grand slam from light-hitting Edwin Maysonet. The defeat dropped him to 0-5 over seven starts with a 6.92 ERA.
“It’s the same old thing,” Sveum said. “How do you fix that is the question, obviously. The guy has so many shut down innings but just one inning each game is destroying him.”