Germano to start Monday against Pirates

Germano to start Monday against Pirates

CHICAGO -- Right-hander Justin Germano, acquired from the Red Sox on July 19 for cash considerations, will get the start Monday for the Cubs in the series opener against the Pirates.

Germano was a starter at Triple-A Pawtucket, and Cubs manager Dale Sveum said he expected the right-hander to be able to throw 80-90 pitches. In his only Cubs appearance on July 21 in St. Louis, he threw three innings and gave up one run on five hits.

"He's crafty," Sveum said. "He's not going to light up a radar gun, but he's got great arm speed on all his offspeed pitches and can change speeds on a slow curveball -- anywhere from 68-75, 78 mph curveball, changeup. He sinks the ball, keeps the ball down. He's kind of crafty as much as anything but has command of four pitches."

Meanwhile, Ryan Dempster threw a side session Sunday at Wrigley Field and was still scheduled to start Tuesday against the Pirates. Dempster, the subject of trade rumors, isn't the only one eager for Tuesday's non-waiver Trade Deadline to pass. Was Sveum ready to turn the calendar to Aug. 1?

"Well, Tuesday at 3 [p.m. CT] will be fine, too," Sveum said. "Not that I know the time [of the Trade Deadline] or anything."