Chris Volstad’s season of wonder for the Chicago Cubs continued Tuesday night. He’s now 0-9 with a 6.96 ERA after allowing four runs on nine hits in five innings to the Astros. And the Astros are worse than the Cubs. So Chris, what happened?
‘‘I pretty much hung a curveball to Wallace. Take away one pitch, and it’s 1-0 instead of 4-0, and the team is still in it. I executed pitches after that, and I feel that’s one of the big strides I made.”
But Dale Sveum begged to differ.
‘‘There was nothing real sharp,’’ Sveum said. ‘‘His off-speed stuff was getting hit pretty hard.’’
Then Rule 5 exile Lendy Castillo came in and gave up five runs in the seventh. But Brett Jackson got a hit!
‘‘There’s a long line of great players, including Hall of Famers Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays, who were 1-for-55 their first years in the big leagues,’’ team president Theo Epstein said. ‘‘We almost expect young guys to come up and struggle. It’s part of the growth process. It doesn’t make it any easier for them to go through, but it’s a natural step in a player’s development.
‘‘They come up and get humbled a little bit and make their adjustments, and maybe you have a chance to humble someone else down the line.’’
Thanks for making us feel better, Theo.
If you were hoping to see more of the likes of Volstad and Boo Radley for the rest of the season, you’re in luck. Dale Sveum says we ought not to expect Matt Garza back in 2012.
‘‘It’s going to be unlikely, but it would probably take a lot of hard work and things to happen in the healing process,’’ manager Dale Sveum said Tuesday. ‘‘You run out of time for rehab starts [in the minors]. It would be tough, but some guys heal faster than others.’’
There’s no good reason to rush him back this year other than our sanity.