Ryan Dempster is still expected to return after the All-Star break (which is actually creeping up on us in a week), but, after a mound session yesterday, he said he didn’t want to rule out returning this weekend, before the break.

Don’t get your hopes up on that.

“If it keeps feeling good, anything’s possible,” Dempster told reporters after talking about returning in New York this weekend. “But at the same time I’m not going to try and rush something. I’m just going to make sure it’s ready to go. I don’t want to go out there and put us as a team at a disadvantage by not being ready to throw 90, 95, 100 pitches … [or] 140.”

Although his turn in the rotation will come up one more time before the break (on Sunday), and it’s nice to hear his positivity, no one is expecting Dempster to actually return this weekend.

Dempster threw about 40 pitches off the mound yesterday, and felt good. He’s felt good all through the recovery process after hitting the disabled list in mid-June with a sore right lat. As of right now, neither Dempster nor Dale Sveum expect that Dempster will need a minor league rehab start after the break before returning.

And, when he does return, Dempster thinks he’ll be good to pick up where he left off. Well, mostly – he was on a 22 inning scoreless streak when he went on the DL.

“Yeah, I hope so,” Dempster said of continuing his impressive streak. “Obviously, going out there and not giving up runs every time is kind of unrealistic. But at the same time, I feel good about executing my pitches and that’s all I can worry about. For as bad as I felt, I feel really good right now.”

Once Dempster returns, he’ll likely have a couple starts to re-establish himself in the eyes of possible trade suitors. No pressure.

  • Noah

    No reason to rush Dempster. Even if he doesn’t make his first start back until after the break, he can get three starts in prior to the trade deadline. And honestly, if he looks good the first two I don’t think any suitors will be scared off.

  • Edward

    Is his trade value pretty much set already? Or are these next few starts critical in determing his value?

    • JoeyCollins

      I think it’s pretty set unless he comes out and gets killed these next couple starts. If he shows that the injury and time off had no negative effect, even if he’s not exactly dominate, his value shouldn’t be affected.

      • hansman1982

        he can get killed in his first start back but needs to have a solid outing on his second…teams will want to know that this layover didn’t negatively affect him. Now, if he comes out and domniates both times, we may get a slightly better return.

      • thejackal

        joeycollins where are u from

        • JoeyCollins

          Quad cities originally but I live in North Dakota now

    • Noah

      I wouldn’t say they’re “critical.” But he (a) has to show he’s healthy and (b) not pitch miserably.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Pretty much set. He just has to show that he’s fine – in other words, even if he sucks for a start or two, as long as he looks healthy, that’s all that matters.

  • calicubsfan007

    I get why they are taking their time bringing him back. His value is incredibly high right now, and the Cubs don’t want to risk losing any value on him by having him deal with some sort of serious injury. Plus, as with every trade, players need to pass a physical. Demp being in good health will pass, Demp in bad health won’t.

  • Steve

    Value smalue….I want some ACTION!!!!

    After I was titillated with the Rizzo factor, I feel a little meh…Ya know??

  • thejackal

    oh ok theres a joey collins i went to school with didnt think it was him but thought id check