10/26 Royals claim Volstad

The Royals have claimed right-handed pitcher Chris Volstad off waivers from the Cubs. Acquired from the Marlins for Carlos Zambrano, Volstad was 3-12 with a 6.31 ERA in 21 starts for the Cubs, and 3-5 with a 5.17 ERA in 12 starts at Triple-A Iowa. He opened the season in the Cubs rotation but went 0-6 in eight starts before he was optioned to Iowa on May 18. He rejoined the Cubs Aug. 1, and went 3-5 with a 5.18 ERA in his final 12 starts. He snapped a 24-start winless streak with a win Aug. 26 against the Rockies. It was his first win since July 10, 2011, against the Astros.

The Cubs front office had hinted that Volstad would not be a part of the 2013 rotation. They are expected to add two more starters for next season.

– Carrie Muskat

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