The way I see it the Cubs have 14 days to shore up the backend of its starting rotation.
Dale Sveum, citing a lack of ‘options’, confirmed Chris Volstad will get a second start before the All Star break, despite another dreadful showing against Atlanta Tuesday night.
It’s hard to believe Volstad will do whatever necessary to keep his turn in the rotation, and there’s little to justify giving the 25-year-old more leash.
There must be better options than Volstad: Casey Coleman, Rodrigo Lopez, Chris Rusin…
The Cubs also have the benefit of the four day All Star break to find its next fifth starter.
Volstad’s first scheduled start after the break is at home against Miami on July 18. But considering the Cubs have an off day two days earlier on July 16, there’s the possibility Sveum could skip the fifth starter’s turn and push the start back until Sunday July 22 at St. Louis.
Neither Lopez nor Rusin are part of the Cubs 40-man roster, which would force the club to purchase one of their contracts. Coleman, however, is on the 40-man roster. Volstad, meanwhile, should be DFA (he would likely clear waivers) and sent back to Iowa.
Granted the Cubs are rebuilding, Dale Sveum is still in the business of winning games and avoiding the dreaded 100-loss season. It’s clearly not something he can do with Volstad remaining in the rotation.
It’s expected a trade of Garza, Dempster or others will bring back pitching arms in return, but it’s not certain any of them will be major league ready.
That leaves Team Theo a fortnight to find Volstad’s replacement. Whoever they find can’t be any worse, right?