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Volstad to get start in place of injured Dempster

CHICAGO -- Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster, on the disabled list with a sore right lat, will throw off the mound Monday in Atlanta, and Chris Volstad will take his spot in the rotation Tuesday against the Braves.

Volstad was sent to Triple-A Iowa after opening the season 0-6 with a 7.46 ERA in eight starts with the Cubs. In eight starts at Iowa, Volstad was 2-3 with a 4.44 ERA, giving up 25 earned runs on 59 hits and 12 walks while striking out 41 over 50 2/3 innings.

"His last outing and even the outing before were pretty positive," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said of Volstad. "It's logical -- it's his day [to pitch] and he's done a good job his last couple outings. It's a logical thing to do."

Dempster, on the DL since June 16, threw on flat ground Saturday.

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CHI Full Game Coverage CAGO -- Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster, on the disabled list with a sore right lat, will throw off the mound Monday in Atlanta, and Chris Volstad will take his spot in the rotation Tuesday against the Braves.

Volstad was sent to Triple-A Iowa after opening the season 0-6 with a 7.46 ERA in eight starts with the Cubs. In eight starts at Iowa, Volstad was 2-3 with a 4.44 ERA, giving up 25 earned runs on 59 hits and 12 walks while striking out 41 over 50 2/3 innings.

"His last outing and even the outing before were pretty positive," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said of Volstad. "It's logical -- it's his day [to pitch] and he's done a good job his last couple outings. It's a logical thing to do."

Dempster, on the DL since June 16, threw on flat ground Saturday.

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