Cubs put Dempster on DL; Byrd to be traded?

The Cubs put starting pitcher Ryan Dempster on the disabled list Saturday and recalled outfielder Tony Campana to take his roster spot, but more moves will be coming before Sunday's series finale against the Reds.

Manager Dale Sveum said Randy Wells will start Sunday in place of Dempster, which means one more roster spot has to be cleared. Speculation centers on Marlon Byrd being traded, with the Boston Globe reporting a deal was close with the Red Sox. Byrd is hitting .070 and was not in Saturday's lineup, although he was in the clubhouse.

Byrd is scheduled to make $6.5 million this season, so the Cubs most likely will have to eat much of that salary. They are already paying about $15.5 million of Carlos Zambrano's salary with the Marlins.

Byrd is off to a slow start with three singles and a walk in 47 plate appearances.

Dempster has a strained right quadriceps and Sveum said he was "much, much better" Saturday but that it was better to have him miss two starts than to further hurt himself and miss more time.

Dempster, the Cubs' best starter this season with a 1.33 ERA after three starts, is the second Cubs pitcher in two days to be played on the DL, joining reliever Kerry Wood, who has fatigue in in his right shoulder.

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