We all feared the return of Chris Volstad to the big league starting rotation. But with the trades of Ryan Dempster and Paul Maholm, the Cubs were faced with little choice. Even though the Cubs didn’t win last night, Volstad was better than we’ve seen him most of this season.
‘‘That’s as good as we’ve seen,’’ Sveum said. ‘‘There’s plenty of time to prove that what we saw in spring training is the type of guy he is.’’
Volstad, who’s 0-13 (5.49 ERA) since his last win July 10 of last season, said he has quit looking over his shoulder after two demotions to the minor leagues and tried to think less and pitch more.
‘‘I feel like this has been a year of the biggest strides for me personally,’’ said Volstad, whose winless streak reached 21 games. ‘‘It’s been a tough year, for sure. But making it through something like that is obviously going to help me in the future.’’
With Volstad in good head space, we can now look forward to the return of Matt Garza, which is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday in San Diego.
‘‘Better believe it, dude,’’ said Garza, who has been sidelined by elbow stiffness since July 21. ‘‘I’m champing at the bit and ready to go. … They told me Tuesday a couple of days ago, so that’s what I’m shooting for. If it changes, it’s not my control.’’
Not so fast, said manager Dale Sveum, who needs to see how Garza’s elbow responds Sunday, and maybe Monday, before making a decision.
‘‘I’m glad he thinks that way,’’ Sveum said, ‘‘but it’s not his decision.’’
Better believe it, dude.
The Cubs will try to avoid being swept by the Dodgers today at 3:10 Central. Justin Germano (1-1, 1.98) will face Joe Blanton (8-9, 4.59). I can’t find the TV info, so you might be able to watch it on WGN, but I don’t know for certain.