On Thursday, the Chicago Cubs activated pitchers Ryan Dempster and and Kerry Wood from the disabled list and optioned Randy Wells and Scott Maine to Triple-A Iowa. Dempster had been on the DL for a quadriceps strain, but he had a strong beginning to the season and will make a start on Thursday afternoon against the Cincinnati Reds. Wood had a more inauspicious start to the year, but he returns to the major league roster after dealing with a back injury. Wells was disappointed to be sent back down to Triple-A, but as he told Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, he knows he made too many mistakes on the mound:
Wells: "I didn't pitch well, so there's nobody really blame but yourself "— Paul Sullivan (@PWSullivan) May 3, 2012
Thursday is also Ryan Dempster's 35th birthday, which just-so-happens to line up with the 27th birthday of Reds' starter Homer Bailey, who will oppose him on the mound during Thursday's game. Weird, right?
Happy 35th birthday to Ryan Dempster. He's now old enough to be President. Except for the whole Canadian thing.— Len and Bob (@lenandbob) May 3, 2012