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Marlins option Chris Volstad to Triple A New Orleans

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.

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TONIGHT'S LINEUPS:

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

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Mr. B

He's got to be out of options after this, or at least very close to it. Maybe then they'll be forced to end the Volstad era. I feel bad since he's a local kid, but come on!!! He's madly inconsistent, about a 2.5 to 1 bad/good start ratio. Don't even mention him against the Phillies.

Lindsay

No, Volstad is not out of options. You have to be in the minors for 20 days for an option to be used. Volstad was not in AAA for 20 days either of the past two years so he still has all three of his options.

Why so quick to give up on him? He's 24. Most guys are just making their debuts at 24. We know he can go it. He had a great stretch of games in June. He just needs to do it consistently.

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