- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 15, 2009

JUPITER, FLA. (AP) - Pitching on short rest, right-hander Chris Volstad had his best start of the spring.

Volstad allowed three hits in five scoreless innings while striking out three in the Florida Marlins’ 10-5 loss to the New York Mets on Sunday.

In his previous start Wednesday against St. Louis, Volstad was removed in the fifth inning after he was hit in the right thigh by Joe Mather’s line drive. On Sunday, Volstad rolled up his pants to show off an ugly bruise, which he said doesn’t bother him.

Volstad, the organization’s top draft pick (16th overall) in 2005, will be the No. 3 starter behind two other right-handers who have had strong springs, Ricky Nolasco and Josh Johnson.

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