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: Glen Perkins will retire from baseball

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According to MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger, Twins GM Thad Levine told 1390 Granite City Sports that reliever Glen Perkins will retire.

Perkins, 34, has battled shoulder injuries over the last two years, limiting him to a total of 7 2/3 innings between 2016-17. His decision doesn’t come as much of a surprise given the circumstances. The Twins declined his $6.5 million club option back in October, making him a free agent.

Across parts of 12 seasons, all with the Twins, Perkins compiled a 3.88 ERA with 120 saves and a 504/158 K/BB ratio in 624 1/3 innings. He ranked among baseball’s best closers from 2013-15, racking up 102 of those saves with a 3.08 ERA. The lefty made the American League All-Star team in each of those three seasons.