CHICAGO – The Cubs say they have a contingency play for Tuesday night’s game if Ryan Dempster is traded, but nobody is on hand at the moment to fill the potential void.
If Dempster is dealt by Tuesday’s 3 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline, the Cubs would need a fill-in starter for the second consecutive night. Right-hander Justin Germano was asked to start Monday with Matt Garza missing an outing because of a sore arm.
“We will have (a starter),” manager Dale Sveum said. “We don't have anybody in town right now. But we have all that stuff taken care of.”
The Cubs are expected to make a call to the minor leagues if and when Dempster is dealt. A likely candidate to get the call is Triple-A Iowa right-hander Casey Coleman, who is scheduled to pitch on Tuesday anyway.