From the Wire … Chris Volstad Optioned to Iowa, Blake Lalli Called Up

The Cubs made two roster moves and several announcements that will impact the roster moving forward prior to Friday’s game.

Chris Volstad was optioned to Triple-A Iowa but a pitcher was not called up to take his place on the active roster. The Cubs selected the contract of Blake Lalli from the Iowa Cubs, added him to the 40-man roster and called him up in the wake of an MRI revealing a torn meniscus in Geovany Soto’s left knee. Soto is expected to be out for three to four weeks. Blake Lalli is expected to serve as the Cubs’ backup catcher until Steve Clevenger is able to return from the disabled list. Clevenger could return as early as May 25 for the opener in Pittsburgh.

With the addition of Blake Lalli and the retirement of Kerry Wood, the Cubs’ 40-man roster currently stands at 39 players.

Reports prior to Friday’s game indicated Travis Wood would be recalled to start Tuesday’s game in Houston. Geovany Soto was scheduled to have his knee scoped on Friday but has not been placed on the disabled list. Reports suggested the Cubs would wait until they needed the spot for Wood to place Soto on the 15-day disabled list.

The Cubs could use Geovany Soto’s injury as a way to recall Scott Maine to get help in the pen. Maine pitched two innings for the I-Cubs on Friday night.

With the bullpen being a reliever short, an additional round of roster moves appears likely prior to Saturday night’s game against the White Sox. A report late Friday from Bruce Miles indicated that Randy Wells could be on his way back to Chicago from Iowa.

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  • Ripken Boy

    Randy Wells, I would rather have Dawn Wells (aka Mary Ann from Gilligan’s Island)

    • CubsTalk

      Dawn Wells hot looking woman still to this day……she is smoking pot up in Idaho…..not kidding.

      Tough question…who was hotter

      A -Dawn Wells (Mary Ann)
      B- Barbara Eden  ( Jeannie)
      C- Elizabeth Montgomery  (Bewitch)

  • Zonk

    In case anyone missed it, MLB posted highlights of Kerry Wood’s 20-K game in 1998.  I remember the umpire, and a couple Astros, saying that he had the filthiest stuff they had ever seen in a major league game.

  • Tom U

    I’m sorry it has taken so long, but here’s a response to Zonk and Christian about Alberto Cabrera and Javier Baez.

    Cabrera has a 92-97 MPH fastball that can touch 100 at times, along with a mid-80’s slider. He has wicked movement on both pitches. That said, he’s like the anti-Frank Batista in which he has nasty stuff, but doesn’t throw them for strikes. Consequently, he’s not the type of pitcher you’d like to bring in to clean up someone else’s jam. While his ERA is 2.55, he seems to allow a lot of inherited runners to score, which isn’t reflected on his stats. I’m not a big fan of Cabrera, but I also wasn’t one of Rafael Dolis, another toolsy pitcher who didn’t always produce results. Dolis was asked by the Cubs to work on pounding the bottom of the strike zone last year, and it paid off for him. Who knows what they asked Cabrera to do?

    Javier Baez has had an uneven spring, hitting 6 homers in 22 games, but he has yet to take a walk. His immaturity has also surfaced, as he had to rely on big Rock Shoulders to bail him out of an ugly confrontation with the Angels’ squad. It looks like he’ll open at shortstop with Boise, with thew only question being the status of Dustin Geiger.

    Geiger, a third baseman, was supposed to open the season in Peoria, but broke his hand. If he’s ready to go, then Peoria would likely send down Marco Hernandez, a slick fielding shortstop who’s struggling at the plate. That could bump Baez down to the rookie league, and probably move him to third base. Right now, the rookie team has middle infielders Danny Lockhart and Carlos Penalver, but only Jair Boegarts, a converted first baseman, at third. A move down could be a blow to the ego that Baez needs.

  • Tom U

    With a weekend full of family commitments, here is today’s minor league starters:

    Peoria – Kyler Burke (0-2, 2.27)
    Daytona – Eric Jokisch (3-3, 2.90)
    Tennessee – Trey McNutt (1-3, 2.84)
    Iowa – Chris Rusin (4-2, 2.83)

    Today’s spotlight game: Pick’em
    There’s something of interest in each contest today. Peoria tries again for a system leading 20 wins. Despite his record, Burke warrants some All-Star consideration. Jokisch is fifth in the FSL in strikeouts, as the D-Cubs are the hottest team in the system. McNutt seems to have finally shaken his endurance issues with a seven inning performance last time out. And Rusin has brought dominant stuff in his last two starts.

    Some notes:

    This is going out on a limb a little, but I believe Blake DeWitt will never see Wrigley again as a Cub. The organization has been pleased with the production of infielders Alfredo Amezaga and Matt Tolbert, who would be brought up on a temporary basis if needed. With the effort shown by Luis Valbuena, Jeff Baker shouldn’t be making any long term plans.

    Expect more moves at the catcher position in the organization. Juan Apodaca is the only catcher in Iowa, while Micah Gibbs came off the DL for Daytona. That gives the D-Cubs three catchers, while Peoria has four on their roster.

    With a month before they open, it may be time for fans to start thinking of a nickname for Boise’s potential infield of Jeimer Candelario, Javier Baez, Gioskar Amaya, and Dan Vogelbach.

    Speaking of Vogelbach, don”t be too surprised if Rock Shoulders pushes him off the first base spot for Boise. Shoulders has been more consistent offensively in EXT.

    • CubsTalk

      I know you keep with these minor players……but who was the last real Cubs minor league player who was home grown talent and made it with the Cubs?…..I would say Mark Grace…..before that…Maddux…before him, Dunston. 

      Cubs farm system produces very few home grown talented players……

      Rafael Palmeiro could have been another one, if he didn’t go around sleeping with another teammate player’s wife.

    • CubsTalk

       I one watched Luis Montanez make five errors in a game with Daytona…..3 at shortstop, 2 at second……….

      This Baez kid could be with the Cubs by late next year…he is that good…

      Ted Lilly, 5-0, 1.79 ERA with the Dodgers…….and DeWitt is in the minors…..thank you Jim Henry for giving away another player.

      Only plans Jeff Baker should make is his bus ticket reservation out of Chicago.

  • matthew8510

    we need to get rid of reed johnson he is just terrible to watch cant hit isnt clutch automatic out batting 208 please leave reed

    • CubsTalk

       yes….i see no plus side with Johnson with us anymore…..but who should we bring up?…..the outfielder from the Marshall trade?

    • matthew8510

      not many options out there cant really do anything with sorino still here alls we got in triple a is sappelt or jackson but they cant serve at backup cause i really like campana in cf hes fast and makes things happen jackson isnt really impressing thus far.when sori leaves i would put lahair in lf and rizzo at 1st but until then i think were stuck with johnson i would play mather more than johnson though 

  • CubsTalk

    Volstad is gone, and Zambrano has an under 2.00 ERA withthe Marlins…..and the Cubs are paying about $16 million for his salary….Marlin fans are saying they stole Zambrano from us…..

    Poll Question of the day is ….

    How is your take on the Carlos Zambrano deal now?

    A – Zambrano needed to go
    B – Cubs should have kept Zambrano
    C – Should have gotten someone else than Volstad
    D – Volstad will be better than Zambrano in the long run

  • paulcatanese

    In regards to Soto and the DL, in my mind it was never how, but when? Either he is continually out of shape or does just not have the frame to sustain the grind of a full season.
    Tough position for even the best in shape athletes, many are shipped to another position to preserve their career( if they are good hitters).
    I would think Soto’s uneven record over the last few seasons would make any decision the Cubs make a well informed one.

    • BosephHeyden

       It becomes tougher, since apparently Castillo has an MCL sprain.  So, that means we have Lalli and Darwin Barney as our battery.

      • paulcatanese

        Just read where the Cubs brought Koyie Hill back today, and reports say he will catch Dempster tonight.

        • cubtex

          Wow! Koyie Hill part deux……this is getting ugly pretty quickly.

  • Neil

    Welington Castillo has a mild MCL sprain in his right knee. He went for an MRI. He could miss 4-7 days.