Volstad Bummed He Missed Marlins' Uniform Party

No one invited Chris Volstad to the Marlins' uniform unveiling, he thinks that means he's on the outs in Miami

By David Hill
|  Wednesday, Nov 16, 2011  |  Updated 6:59 AM EDT
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Chris Volstad was not seen at the Miami Marlins' new uniform unveiling on Friday, and it turns out he's kind of bummed he missed it.

Not only would he have liked to have been part of the ceremony, but Volstad thinks his absence means he might not be a Marlin for much longer.

Either that, or his invitation got lost in the mail.

"I can't say I haven't had those thoughts," he told the Palm Beach Post Tuesday. Volstad has not quite met the expectations the Marlins had for him when they selected him in the first round of the 2005 draft.

Instead of modeling a new uniform on Friday night, Volstad was in Tallahassee for the UM-FSU football game the next day. He told the Post he would have preferred the modeling gig at the new stadium over a Canes-Noles grudge match at Doak Campbell Stadium.

Not that he's angry. "I don't really know that I could get mad at them," he said. "I mean, it would have been cool to be a part of it but I don't know really what their plans are."

It is definitely possible that the Marlins could jettison Volstad this winter, though. He is arbitration-eligible, but has not exactly been an asset to the Marlins starting rotation. In three-plus seasons, Volstad has posted 4.59 ERA and given up a very high 1.11 home runs per nine innings.

Volstad has shown flashes of brilliance, twice throwing complete-game shutouts. Even so, his low strikeout rate and propensity to give up the long ball (even at the cavernous Sun Life Stadium) do not bode well for his future.

He has shown the ability to be a back-of-the-rotation starter at best, and with the Marlins looking to upgrade their rotation this winter, Volstad could be the odd man out.

"I'll just have to wait and see what happens," he said Tuesday.

But on the plus side, at least someone besides Jeffrey Loria was excited for the Marlins' new multicolored duds.

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