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.

Dbacks outfielder Steven Souza injured his right shoulder last night

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Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Steven Souza dove for a ball in a spring training game last night, missed, and ended up injuring his right shoulder.

It looked bad, too. Center fielder Jarrod Dyson stood over him, frantically waving to the dugout for a trainer as Souza kicked his legs in apparent pain. Souza held his arms awkwardly as he walked off the field. At the moment the Dbacks are calling it a right shoulder strain, but he’ll get an MRI on it today after which a more specific diagnosis will come.

If Souza is out for a while it’s a pretty big blow to Arizona’s 2018 plan. Souza was acquired to help cushion the blow of losing J.D. Martinez in free agency. While not the hitter Martinez is, Souza hit 30 homers in Tampa Bay last year, stood likely to at least match that in the more hitter-friendly confines of Chase Field and, of course, plays superior defense.

Potential replacements for Souza include moving David Peralta from left to right and inserting Yasmany Tomas in left or having fourth outfielder Dyson, or perhaps a platoon of Dyson and utilityman Chris Owings, handle right. Socrates Brito is another internal option.

Obviously the Snakes will wait to hear the results of the MRI before going too deeply into replacement plans, all the while hoping that Souza’s injury is far less serious than it appeared to be last night.