The Marlins optioned right-hander Chris Volstad to Triple A New Orleans before Saturday’s game against the Mets.
It had been a rough July for Volstad, who went 1-1 with an 8.50 ERA in four starts this month. With an off day scheduled Monday, Florida wouldn’t need a fifth starter until July 30, but McKeon said he expects the team to promote a pitcher.
“[Pitching coach] Randy St. Claire has been working with him to try to get an arm slot situation, where he could be a little bit more consistent,” McKeon said.
Florida did not announce the corresponding roster move, but choices could include New Orleans’ Chris Samson or Jacksonville’s Brad Hand.
Volstad, the Marlins’ first-round pick in 2005, has been optioned each of his three big league seasons, including similarly last year, when he was sent to New Orleans on July 6 and returned July 25. He finished the year 8-1 with a 4.32 ERA in his last 13 starts.
“He went down and came back and was lights out,” McKeon said. “Maybe that’ll help him.”
McKeon said he expects Volstad, who was 5-8 with a 5.58 ERA in 20 starts, to join the Marlins sometime later this year.
Marlins: 1. Emilio Bonifacio, 3b; 2. Omar Infante, 2b; 3. Gaby Sanchez, 1b; 4. Hanley Ramirez, ss; 5. Mike Stanton, rf; 6. Logan Morrison, lf; 7. Mike Cameron, cf; 8. John Buck, c; 9. Clay Hensley, p.
Mets: 1. Jose Reyes, ss; 2. Justin Turner, 2b; 3. Carlos Beltran rf; 4. David Wright, 3b; 5. Daniel Murphy, 1b; 6. Angel Pagan, cf; 7. Jason Bay, lf; 8. Josh Thole, c; 9. Chris Capuano, p
-- Matt Forman