Cubs option Volstad down, call up C Lalli

Cubs option Volstad down, call up C Lalli
May 18, 2012, 7:00 pm
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I guess the Cubs have an answer on the Chris Volstad situation.

The Cubs optioned the lanky right-hander down to Triple-A Iowa Friday, calling up catcher Blake Lalli to replace Volstad's spot on the 25-man roster.

Geovany Soto will miss a couple weeks as he undergoes surgery on his knee and the Cubs needed to get another catcher on the roster to backup Welington Castillo.

Lalli is available for the Cubs Friday. The 29-year-old backstop has spent time as a reliever in his career and was a non-roster invitee to Spring Training this year.

Lalli, a Southern League All-Star from 2009-11, was hitting .178 with three homers and 11 RBI.

Volstad came over from the Marlins in the Carlos Zambrano trade and has struggled to the tune of an 0-6 record and 7.46 ERA in eight starts for the Cubs.

According to CSNChicago.com Insider Patrick Mooney, the Cubs already have their fifth starter in mind:

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Patrick MooneyTravis Wood will start Tuesday, taking rotation spot from Chris Volstad, who was optioned to Triple-A Iowa.
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