A busy day gets busier.

The Cubs must have been thinking ahead, because Chris Volstad was just optioned to AAA Iowa. That means he was placed on revocable waivers at some point in the last couple weeks, and cleared (as is expected in this kind of situation – as I’ve explained before, when it’s a 25-year-old who’s got issues, and the waivers are revocable (the Cubs can pull him back if someone makes a claim), teams don’t make a claim, because they know the Cubs would just pull Volstad back. Thus, all that a claim accomplishes is to “block” the Cubs, and piss them off).

Volstad will try to sort things out, presumably in the Iowa rotation, and Travis Wood could come up whenever Kerry Wood retires. Otherwise, the Cubs could let Casey Coleman take Volstad’s spot in the rotation. I’m betting on Wood.

Blake Lalli is called up to serve as an interim back-up catcher while Geovany Soto heads to the disabled list, and while Steve Clevenger continues to recovery from an oblique strain/cartilage break. Lalli, 29, has played a number of positions in his long minor league career, and doesn’t provide a ton of offense (though he could do what you might expect from a back-up catcher in the post-Koyie Hill era). Lalli is a career .298/.361/.417 hitter in the minors (mostly as an older guy at his level), but is hitting just .178/.176/.329 at AAA Iowa.

Lalli’s addition to the 40-man roster leaves it at 40, for now. It’ll drop back to 39 when Wood retires.

UPDATE: Like the headline says, Travis Wood will indeed take Chris Volstad’s vacated rotation spot on Tuesday.

  • Spencer

    Time to binge drink in celebration.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Oh Spencer…

      • Drew7

        This post couldn’t have a better “1st to comment” than Spencer

        • calicubsfan007

          Agreed, really set the tone, eh?

    • Btown-Cain

      Joe Boy???

  • calicubsfan007

    Yay! About two starts late, but at least it happened. I hope that Volstad gets his stuff worked out, because it would be nice to have a solid 20-year old for the future that has the experience he does. Best of luck Volstad, although you aggravate me, I still am rooting for you to come back and kick ass.

  • Brandon

    I simply could not be happier for a guy like Blake Lalli. I am happy that the Cubs are at least rewarding some loyalty with these type of call ups. Blake Lalli will eventually be a fine coach in the system, and I am very happy to see him get a big league opportunity.

    The guy can hit!! He is a decent defender and a tremendous club house presence. Favorite memory last season in AA was watching him come in to pitch in relief because the bullpen was burnt. Of course he got torched (unlike Jonathan Mota who got a win in relief). Blake had a smile on his face even after giving up a bomb to right field. They don’t come much classier than Blake Lalli. Congrats to him. I wish him the best of luck with this opportunity!!

    Perserverance is being rewarded…..and with the Cubs the opportunity for a phone call to Chicago is a real possibility. That speaks to the state of the Cubs right now, but as a fan of their minor league system, it makes me feel great to see these guys realize their dream of making it to the Big Leagues.

  • FromFenwayPahk

    -Stad will be back, naysayers.

    • CastrotoBarneytoLaHair

      Agreed. Hope they can find the problem(s) soon…

    • Fishin Phil


      I’m just sayin’ 😉

  • Cubs Dude

    Lets go T. Wood!! I really hope he just grabs that spot in the rotation and doesn’t give it back. It would be huge for next year knowing we could count on him as a locked in starter.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I guess T. Wood will no longer have to be “T.” Wood, eh?

      • Cubs Dude

        Sorry, I am little slow Brett. Viagra joke? Ha..

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          No. Kerry Wood is retiring, so…

          • Cubs Dude

            LOL… I need to get my mind out of the gutter.

  • TakingWrigleyToSãoPaulo

    To all the haters of the Sean Marshall for Travis Wood + others trade: Given the incredibly poor performance of Chris Volstad, I am extremely happy we have some starting pitching depth in AAA (Travis Wood). Not sure I could stand to watch Casey Coleman or Rodrigo Lopez take the ball every 5th day.

    • Jzwizard

      I am not a hater of that deal, at least not yet, but Marshall would at least give us one reliable arm in the pen. The pen has just been awful so far this season and he would have helped shore that up. But I agree with your point. Last season it seemed like we were guaranteed 2 losses every 5 days before they were even played with Davis and who ever the 5th starter was. Now we don’t have that problem. Hopefully Wood pitches good enough to hold down that 5th spot for the rest of the season and onto next year.

    • http://www.viewfromthebleachers.com Norm

      Those people are focusing on 2012 when the focus should be on the years well beyond 2012.

      • Ripsnorter

        Yes. Let’s focus on the next 104 years of losing!

        • Eric

          I am thoroughly convinced people like you who post stupid shit like this are white sox or cardinals fans trolls trying to incite anger. And in this case, it worked. Get the fuck out of here you stupid neckbeard loser.

  • rbreeze

    If we still had Marshall he would be so over used by now with the state of this bullpen, he would end up on the DL no time.

  • gratefulled

    T. Wood looked pretty good last night. Gave up a bomb but was never in trouble. He should definitely fit into the rotation better than Volstad.

  • calicubsfan007

    Hope wood does well, best of luck to the exiting wood.

    • Joe

      Three pitch strikeout. And he’s gone… thank god I got that on the DVR.

  • ry34

    dont let the door hit you in the ass on the way out. best news i have heard all day!!

    • Joe

      Whup. Misread. Thought you were being nasty about Kerry!

      That said… eh.

  • Gcheezpuff

    Apparently the 25 man roster wasn’t big enough for 2 Woods…. Anyone who attempts to refer to Travis Wood as “Woody” should just feel dirty.

    Best wishes to Kerry Wood in retirement and I hope to see him with the organization somehow going forward.

  • kinda crazy

    That is kinda crazy Dusty Baker and some of the Reds use to call T.Wood “Woody”

  • bluekoolaidaholic

    Once again a class act.
    See ya Kerry, thank you!

  • rocky8263

    What about the pitch to Paulies head? My WGN signal was bad today so I was forced to watch the Sox broadcast. Stoney and the old idiot were nice to all the Cubs including Soriano in left. Stone doesn’t believe Lehair can keep it up and was quick to say Shark didn’t throw on purpose. Looked alot like Byrd’s shot(where it hit him).

  • http://bleachernation.com RicoSanto

    Byrds was a fastball, Samardza threw an 86 mph split finger that got away from him.If he wanted to hit him it would have been a fastball.Thank God for Paulie it was not a 96 MPH

  • TrueblueCubbie

    I had heard he had one option left, which is why they were able to send him down. So which is it?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      He does, I believe, but it kind of didn’t matter (except that he couldn’t reject the assignment). As a guy with at least 3 years service time, he can’t be optioned down without first clearing revocable waivers.

  • TrueblueCubbie

    Gotcha. I wasn’t sure how it worked. Thanks for clearing it up. The whole options thing always throws me for a loop as far as what goes on.

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