Ryan Dempster Will Start For Cubs Sunday

Cubs righthander Ryan Dempster has been on the disabled list since June 18 with a lat injury. At first, he was supposed to miss just two starts. Then, the Cubs wanted to hold him out until after the All-Star break, presumably to protect his trade value.

Dempster had been throwing, first off flat ground, then off a mound, and began to lobby manager Dale Sveum to start on Sunday. He won that argument:

No roster move has yet been announced, but Chris Volstad had been penciled in to start Sunday; it’s likely that Volstad will be optioned to Triple-A Iowa to make room for Dempster.

Dempster has been one of the best starters in the National League this year — when healthy, that is. He’s had two DL stints, but in the 12 starts he has made, he’s posted a 2.11 ERA and 1.025 WHIP. With the Cubs far out of contention and Dempster in a contract year, he’s likely to be traded by July 31. Expect multiple sightings of scouts from other teams at Sunday’s game.

For more on the Cubs, please visit Bleed Cubbie Blue and SB Nation Chicago.

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