{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

Dempster placed on DL with right lat tightness

Dempster placed on DL with right lat tightness

|
Dempster placed on DL with right lat tightness
CHICAGO -- Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster, who has a scoreless-inning streak of 22 innings, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday with right lat tightness.

"Unfortunately our best pitcher, if not the best pitcher in baseball right now, comes up a little lame with his lat," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "There's no timetable. We're going to make sure that thing is back and ready to go 100 percent by the time he gets back."

The Cubs have decided to take a conservative approach with Dempster (3-3, 2.11 ERA). Randy Wells (1-1, 4.50 ERA) will sub for the right-hander on Wednesday in the series finale against the White Sox, making his third start of the season.

"It's gotten harder and harder to get loose and maintain," Dempster said. "I felt I was going south the way I was feeling instead of feeling better each time. I'm going to try to give it some rest and get it back and ready to go back out there."

"We're going to play it conservatively with this one as well as he's throwing," Cubs president Theo Epstein said. "We want to nip this in the bud so it doesn't turn into a strain or anything like that."

The subject of trade rumors, Dempster has won his last three starts after going 18 starts without a win. In those games, he's gave up 11 hits and walked three over 22 scoreless innings, which has definitely enhanced his value to a playoff-bound team.

"I should've pitched through it then," Dempster quipped when asked if this might hurt his marketability. "I'm not worried about that. I'm more worried about trying to get healthy."

Said Epstein: "Generally, when players have these minor injuries, it's typical to wait until they come back and re-establish their health before engaging any serious trade talk."

This is Dempster's second turn on the disabled list this season after missing time in April with a right quad strain.

"I'm a pretty good judge of my body, so when it tells me I'm ready to go, I'll go again," said Dempster, who felt some discomfort in his start June 5 against the Brewers.

As for his scoreless-inning streak, Dempster joked that he's aiming for Orel Hershiser's record 59-inning streak.

"I wanted to sit on that for a little while -- make Orel Hershiser sweat it," he said.

Left-hander Scott Maine was recalled from Triple-A Iowa to take Dempster's spot on the roster.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter@CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

{}
{}
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español