The Cubs have placed P Ryan Dempster on the 15-day disabled list
Reportedly, it’s a strained right quad that has Dempster sidelined. This is a shame, because Dempster has pitched very well in his first three starts, nicely rebounding from a poor year in 2011. In 20.1 IP, he’s struck out 23 while only walking 8, while allowing only 11 hits and 5 runs. Along with Matt Garza, he’s one of only two pitchers who has actually been good on this staff.
The Cubs are indicating that this is a precautionary move, and expect Dempster to be activated when he’s eligible on May 3. I hope that turns out to be the case, because in addition to being good, Dempster might also be an attractive trade possibility as we get closer to the deadline in July. In the past, he’s made it clear that he wasn’t interested in accepting a trade, but I don’t believe that he still has a no-trade clause after exercising his option during the offseason. He’ll be a free agent after this season anyway, and I doubt the Cubs will be all that interested in resigning him, so moving him in a trade if they get the opportunity would be the right thing to do. But he needs to be healthy first.
Randy Wells is expected to be recalled to take Dempster’s place in the rotation, but that move has not yet been made official.