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Chris Volstad Sent to Minors

    Chris Volstad was sent to the minors -- specifically, Triple A New Orleans -- after tonight's game, and it was not a big surprise. Volstad has gone completely sour in August, and his dismal outing against the Padres was the straw that broke the camel's back.

Volstad was knocked out in the second inning, making it the briefest outing of his career and the fourth start over his past five games in which he failed to provide the Marlins even five innings of work.

    Manager Fredi Gonzalez was quite blunt in his assessment, saying Volstad is not displaying the moxie he showed earlier this season and as a rookie last season.

    "We always talk about mound presence with him, and composure, and we haven't seen that," Gonzalez said. "He needs to go down there and clear his head a little bit."

    Gonzalez said Volstad was unable to throw any of his secondary pitches for strikes, making it a much easier task for the Padres to sit on his fastball.

Volstad took questions from reporters and attributed his struggles to "a little bit of everything."

    "I wasn't doing my job, and I haven't been doing it for a couple of weeks now," he said.

    Actually, it's been the entire month of August. Volstad has given up 21 earned runs in 19 2/3 inning this month. On Friday, he gave up six runs in the second inning alone to the poorest hitting and scoring club in the majors.

    The bullpen is so shot that not only was Volstad optioned to Triple A, but so was infielder Gaby Sanchez. The Marlins plan to call up a couple of pitchers, one of which is expected to be reliever Luis Ayala.


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Ayala is not going to last. I wouldn't do too much unpacking if I were him.

FireFredi AmezagaisMierda

This is something that I have been calling for... for a very long time. prior to all-star weekend I said, Volstad and West need to be sent down to the minors during the break and work on some things because they are clearly not getting it done here. the one thing volstad hasnt done his entire career, he is doing it now in just about every start... leaving pitches up for hits or homers. they didnt hesistate with Nolasco why did they with Volstad who is much younger and less experienced? One of the many things about management on this team i dont get... they give too many chances to those who dont have it, but those who do are stuck in the minors... who gets called up or down isnt on Fredi but I still put it on him because as i said some guys are here who dont be lomg but thats cuz this fool uses them and abuses them so much management thinks he actually knows what he is doing. i said this once and ill say it again, fredi is our biggest problem and what will keep us from the playoffs. when u look at the pitching, defense,hitting, etc for answers as to why the inconsistencies and u cant find an answer... u might finally want to admit that maybe, just maybe, fredi is the problem.

FireFredi AmezagaisMierda

Ayala will last. He was missed used by Fredi The Bullpen Killer in a couple of games and struggled of course so he got sent down... he wil come back and stay here where he belongs. Sean West needs to be the one to go and stay down. So does Gaby Sanchez i know he hasnt gotten much of a chance but when he does he just seems to be pressing too much.

 psl bill

AAA players belong in AAA,cheap loria will you please sell the team to someone who will spend some money on quality players.

Jose Medina

May the Marlins NEVER win again!

Every year, millions of taxpayer dollars are poured into stadiums, hockey rinks, baseball parks, and other arenas in order to attract and retain professional sports teams in big cities. Often the money is spent by the cities after a team "threatens" to leave the city.

When that happens, of course, the local news media act as the willing accomplices of the billionaires who own the teams. As a practical matter, the news media have no choice. If the news coverage on Channel 37, for example, exposes the local team's economic uselessness to the community, the chances are near zero that the sports anchor from Channel 37 will ever get access to the locker room after a big game.

When city and state governments build facilities for sports organizations which are owned by billionaires, and raise taxes as a result, it is clearly an abuse of power.


thank you very much Mr. Ayala. Here's to the next chump from Triple A


Not really surprised about this move. He's been leaving the ball up all year. Not just these last few games.

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