Cubs forced to shelve Ryan Dempster
The Chicago Cubs put closer Ryan Dempster on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday because of a strained left oblique muscle.
The move is retroactive to June 23.
Dempster, from Sechelt, B.C., suffered the injury in the ninth inning of last Friday's 5-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.
Dempster is having a banner season for the Cubs, posting a 1-3 record in 33 relief appearances with a 3.38 earned-run average and 16 saves in 18 opportunities.
The 30-year-old right-hander has yielded just 21 hits in 34 2/3 innings pitched, striking out 33 batters and walking 14.
Dempster is 58-71 lifetime with a 4.79 ERA, 75 saves, eight complete games and two shutouts in 354 appearances, including 162 starts, since making his major-league debut with the White Sox on May 23, 1998.
He also has pitched for the Florida Marlins, Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians.
Dempster signed a three-year, $15.5-million US contract with the Cubs on Nov. 29, 2005.
With files from the Associated Press