Cubs send Chris Volstad back to Triple-A to make room for Ryan Dempster’s return

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As expected the Cubs activated Ryan Dempster from the disabled list for today’s start, and to make room for his return they dropped Chris Volstad from the rotation and optioned him back to Triple-A.

Volstad was recalled from the minors Tuesday, got knocked around by the Braves for six runs in 4.1 innings, and heads back to Iowa with a hideous 7.94 ERA in nine starts overall this season.

In fact, Volstad hasn’t recorded a win in the majors for nearly an entire calendar year–July 10, 2011–during which time he’s 0-12 with a 5.68 ERA in 20 starts for the Cubs and Marlins. Prior to that year-long winless stretch Volstad had a 32-34 record and 4.68 ERA in 91 career starts.

Report: Shohei Ohtani has sprained UCL in pitching elbow

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The Angels signed Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani for a $2.3 million signing bonus last weekend. They may have damaged goods on their hands. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Ohtani underwent a physical that revealed a first-degree sprain of his ulnar collateral ligament. As a result, he got a platelet-rich plasma injection on October 20. This was made known to teams after Ohtani entered MLB’s posting system, so it wasn’t like the Angels went into this blind.

Ohtani’s report said, “Although partial damage of UCL in deep layer of his right UCL exists, he is able to continue full baseball participation with sufficient elbow care program.” It also said Ohtani “will most likely be available to start his throwing program approximately a month from the PRP.”

Passan notes that the report also mentioned that a “small free body” floats in Ohtani’s elbow near his UCL.

Ohtani isn’t without other injuries. He battled hamstring and ankle issues throughout 2017 and underwent right ankle surgery back in October. Thankfully for the Angels, this diagnosis is about as good as it could be considering the circumstances. However, if Ohtani does exacerbate his UCL issue, he may ultimately need Tommy John surgery at some point, which would take him out of action for at least a year.