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Kerry Wood (shoulder) on DL; Ryan Dempster (quad) ailing, too

Updated: May 22, 2012 8:07AM

Pitching continues to be a problem for the Cubs, with reliever Kerry Wood going on the 15-day disabled list and a new worry that starter Ryan Dempster also might be ailing.

Wood’s sore right shoulder, which required a cortisone injection this week, led the Cubs to put him on the disabled list Friday and
recall left-hander Scott Maine from Class AAA Iowa to take his roster spot. It is the 16th time in Wood’s career he has been on the disabled list.

But starter Randy Wells also made the trip from Albuquerque, N.M., where Iowa is playing. The Cubs said Wells joined the team in case Dempster can’t make his scheduled start Sunday against the Cincinnati Reds.

Dempster, whose 1.33 ERA ranks eighth in the National League, experienced discomfort in his right quadriceps after his start Tuesday in Miami. He had an MRI exam Friday, and the Cubs are awaiting the results. Dempster allowed two unearned runs and four hits in six
innings against the Marlins.

Wells, who was in the Cubs’ rotation for the last three seasons, failed to keep his rotation spot out of spring training. He has made three starts for Iowa and is 1-0 with a 9.42 ERA.

Wells was scheduled to pitch Friday in Albuquerque but instead came to Chicago and was with the Cubs.

Wood declined to talk about his shoulder but said, ‘‘I’m good,’’ when asked how he felt. His condition is listed as fatigue in his right shoulder.

Wood’s time on the disabled list is retroactive to last Saturday, and he will be eligible to return by the end of the month.

‘‘We felt it would be safe to make sure he is completely ready to go, and we had to shore up the bullpen,’’ manager Dale Sveum said. ‘‘Part of the reason we decided to DL him was because we don’t want this to carry on the rest of the season.’’

Sveum said Wood’s condition wasn’t the reason for his limited use in spring training.

‘‘It was more about getting him built up in spring,’’ Sveum said. ‘‘He threw 97 mph the first time out in spring.’’

Wood’s first two appearances were poor ones. He
allowed a combined three runs, three hits and three walks in one inning against the Washington Nationals. He pitched 11/3 scoreless
innings in two other appearances but returned to Chicago early this week for the injection after having shoulder discomfort.

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