Cubs Activate Ryan Dempster And Kerry Wood From DL, Send Randy Wells And Scott Maine To Triple-A Iowa

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:

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?

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