Today the Chicago Cubs announced that Ryan Dempster – the only starting pitcher in the Cubs’ rotation at the start of the season who hasn’t been hurt – will be scratched from his scheduled start tomorrow. Casey Coleman will come up from Iowa to take his place.
According to various tweets, Dempster is not expected to head to the disabled list, but the scratch is due to back pain and some flu-like symptoms. Carrie Muskat says Dempster was even hospitalized overnight as a precaution.
Carlos Zambrano, you’ll note, is currently on the disabled list because of back soreness.
If Dempster does somehow land on the DL, the Cubs will have had all five of their starting pitchers as of Opening Day on the disabled list at one time or another. Injuries haven’t caused this team’s problems, but holy hell, they haven’t helped.