Volstad throws in scrimmage

Due to the threat of rain, Chris Volstad didn’t start in the Grapefruit League game with the Nationals on Sunday. Instead, he threw six innings and logged 95 pitches while throwing in a Minor League game on Field 7 behind Roger Dean Stadium.

Volstad found out the change was being made about 9:30 a.m. on Sunday. He had been at the complex at 8 p.m. He was pitching for Triple-A New Orleans, and he faced Double-A Jacksonville, which had Scott Cousins and Logan Morrison in their lineup.

Cousins actually homered off Volstad, who will be the Marlins No. 3 starter.

“I was able to get my work in, which was good,” Volstad said. “If it had rained, and I missed it. It would have messed it even more up.”

Volstad ran into a string of left-handed hitters, which he said was good because he got to work on things.

“It’s always good to face lefties, and I was trying to do what I would have done in a regular game,” Volstad said.

Volstad says he is ready for Opening Day. He will face the Nationals, the team that was facing the Marlins on the main field at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter. Volstad watched the game from the dugout, getting a chance to see the Washington hitters.

At age 22, Volstad is even tempered, and he is maturing into a confident big league pitcher.

“I definitely feel more confident,” he said. “I matured in the year.”

Volstad embraces the high expections cast upon him.

“I like that,” he said. “I like to have the feeling of having to go out and perform. That’s what we play for. To be out there, when you’re needed. I like pitching under pressure, you can say, even though I don’t feel it as pressure. I like those situations.” 

— Joe Frisaro

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