Wells available in bullpen just in case

CINCINNATI -- The last act for Randy Wells before he possibly is headed back to Triple-A Iowa could be to pitch in relief for the Cubs.

Wells, who started Saturday against the Phillies, could be available to pitch in an emergency situation Tuesday against the Cincinnati Reds. There is a better chance he can be used in relief Wednesday. By Thursday he could be pitching elsewhere.

With Ryan Dempster and Kerry Wood both expected to come off the disabled list Thursday, the Cubs will have to make a pair of corresponding roster moves. While there was some consideration given to keeping Wells in the bullpen beyond Dempster’s return, he figures to be headed back to Iowa so he can continue to start.

He did have his regular between-start bullpen session Monday, but manager Dale Sveum said it wasn’t too taxing.

Wells had been cruising along in his last start, beginning the game with three hitless innings. He lost command, though and never got through four innings. He was 0-1 with a 6.23 ERA in two starts while Dempster was down with a strained right quadriceps muscle.