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Ryan Dempster Injury: Cubs RHP Throws 40 Pitches Off Mound, On Track To Return After All-Star Break

Injured Chicago Cubs starter Ryan Dempster threw 40 pitches off a mound during the latest step in his recovery, and he's on schedule to return to the team following the All-Star break, according to ESPN Chicago's Doug Padilla.

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The veteran righthander was in the midst of an outstanding season before being sidelined: in 81 innings pitched over 12 starts for the Cubs, he struck out 66, walked 22 and compiled a 2.11 ERA.

He's also been the subject of several trade rumors during the 2012 season.

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