MLB notes: Cubs' Dempster sidelined

Chicago Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday. (REUTERS)

Chicago Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday. (REUTERS)

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Chicago Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster, who has not allowed a run during his past 22 innings while struggling with tightness in his right latissimus muscle, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday.

Dempster has been the subject of trade rumours. The 35-year-old has won his past three starts and has a 3-3 record with a 2.11 earned-run average.

Randy Wells will start Wednesday in Dempster's place while left-hander Scott Maine has been recalled from triple-A Iowa.

The Cubs also activate catcher Geovany Soto from the disabled list and demoting catcher Wellington Castillo.

RED SOX GET HEALTHIER

It's likely the Boston Red Sox will have "only" four outfielders on the disabled list as of Tuesday.

Cody Ross, who has been out since May 18 because of a broken bone in his left foot, could be activated in time for a home game against the Miami Marlins, the Boston Globe reported Monday.

The Red Sox have four other outfielders on the disabled list -- Carl Crawford, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jason Repko and Ryan Sweeney -- while Daniel Nava hasn't started a game since June 9 because of a sore left hand.

Ross, who's been out since May 18 with a fractured foot, is hitting .271/.349/.534 on the season and has seen action at all three outfield positions.

ANGELS ACE SET TO RETURN

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Jered Weaver, who has been battling lower-back pain for three weeks, likely will return to the rotation Friday, ESPN reported Monday.

Weaver, who has a 6-1 record with a 2.61 earned-run average this season, threw a bullpen session Sunday.

The 29-year-old right-hander will rejoin a rotation that leads the American League in ERA and shutouts.

ALL-STAR MOVE FOR BAUTISTA

Jose Bautista moved into third place among outfielders in balloting for the AL all-star team, according to results released Monday.

Bautista and Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles both moved ahead of the Texas Rangers' Nelson Cruz, who had been third. Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton continued to lead all players with 5,414,880 votes. Curtis Granderson of the New York Yankees was second among AL outfielders at 2,818,535 followed by Bautista at 1,996,940, Jones at 1,959,207 and Cruz at 1,944,487.

BRIEFLY

The Washington Nationals have designated struggling veteran reliever Brad Lidge for assignment, CBSSports.com reported Monday. If Lidge isn't claimed or traded within 10 days, he could be demoted or become a free agent ... Roy Oswalt could start for Texas this week but nothing has been finalized, Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan told ESPN radio. The right-handed pitcher allowed two runs in six inning in a triple-A game Sunday.


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