Coleman down; Volstad, Cabrera called up

CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs pitcher Casey Coleman was optioned to Triple-A Iowa prior to Wednesday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates and pitchers Chris Volstad and Alberto Cabrera were called up.

With starting pitcher’s Paul Maholm and Ryan Dempster being traded prior to Tuesday’s trade deadline and Sunday’s starter in Los Angeles still to be determined, manager Dale Sveum acknowledged that Volstad could fill one of the spots in the rotation. Until then, Volstad will work out of the bullpen.

This is Volstad’s third go-around with the big-league club this season. He’s compiled an 0-7 record with a 7.94 ERA in nine starts with the Cubs.

Cabrera, who will work solely out of the bullpen, has pitched 55 innings of relief at two levels in the minors this season. He has a 3.11 ERA to go along with 74 strikeouts and only 14 walks. This is Cabrera’s first call up to the major leagues.

Coleman started on Tuesday night in place of the traded Dempster and was roughed up for four runs on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings.