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Dempster set to start Thursday vs. Reds

PHILADELPHIA – The Cubs confirmed that Ryan Dempster will come off the disabled list next week and start Thursday’s game at Cincinnati, which is the finale of the current road trip.

Dempster hasn’t pitched since April 17. He suffered a strained right quad in a between-start bullpen session after that outing and has been recovering ever since.

Randy Wells has made two starts in place of Dempster, the second of which came Saturday against the Phillies. The Cubs have yet to decide what will happen to Wells when Dempster comes back. The two options are sending him back to Triple-A Iowa where he can continue to start or put him in the bullpen.

Wells held the Phillies to no hits over the first three innings, but gave up four runs in the fourth inning and was replaced by right-hander Michael Bowden.