Chris Volstad was optioned to Class AAA New Orleans late Tuesday night after allowing five runs in five innings in Florida’s 7-3 loss to the Dodgers.
Burke Badenhop was recalled from New Orleans to take Volstad’s roster spot and right-hander Alex Sanabia, who’s now pitching out of the bullpen, is in line to start Sunday, which would’ve been Volstad’s start.
Not exactly sure I understand the necessity of this. I don't mean recalling the Hopper, I'm all for that, but sending Volstad down and giving Sanabia a start. Volstad while only going three-plus innings did throw 70 pitches. So it is not like they can start him on short rest in NOLA to give him some extra time to work on his sinker, and other pitches. Not to mention, Triple-A also takes off the All-Star break. Granted it is one less day off than the Marlins will experience, but they still take three days off. And furthermore there was nothing about Sanabia's outing last night that screamed, start me.
I guess the lesson to be learned is if you are going to implode after 3 innings you need to be a lefty and one that was traded for, and if you are, there no repercussions. Should you not be, Hellooo New Orleans.
Aside: Welcome back Hopper! He is a site favorite after all.