Chicago Cubs starter Ryan Dempster is all set to return to the rotation and start on Sunday against the New York Mets, Paul Sullivan reports. Earlier in the week, his return had been expected to come some time after the All-Star break.
Demp starting Sunday.— Paul Sullivan (@PWSullivan) July 6, 2012
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Dempster, who has been the subject of several trade rumors in 2012, was in the midst of a career year -- at least in terms of ERA -- before being sidelined by injury. Sunday's start will be his first for the Cubs since June 15.
He's struck out 66 and walked 22 over 81 innings of work this season.
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