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.

Stay Tuned …

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