Chicago Cubs' Ryan Dempster Placed on Disabled List, Randy Wells to Start Sunday

Michael Nargi@NargOnSportsSenior Analyst IApril 21, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 05: Starting pitcher Ryan Dempster #46 of the Chicago Cubs delivers the ball against the Washington Nationals during the opening day game at Wrigley Field on April 5, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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For Chicago Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster, the season is still young, but things are only getting worse on the North Side.

On Saturday, the Cubs decided to place Dempster on the disabled list due to a right quad strain. The extent of the injury and amount of time he will miss are still unknown. 

Dempster has been the one bright spot for the Cubs this season.

He has pitched in three games and has only allowed three earned runs. He's struck out 23 batters in 20.1 innings and allowed just 11 hits. Dempster's stint on the DL will be retroactive to April 18. 

Randy Wells will be called upon to pitch on Sunday for Dempster. This season, Wells has only pitched in Triple-A Iowa, and his numbers have not been pretty. In 14.1 innings, he has allowed 16 hits and 15 earned runs. 

This is an injury that could put the Cubs in a bigger hole than they're already in. For now, the Cubs will try to keep their heads above water and get by while their ace is sidelined.