The Cubs put starting pitcher
on the disabled list Saturday and recalled outfielder
to take his roster spot, but more moves will be coming before Sunday's series finale against the
will start Sunday in place of Dempster, which means one more roster spot has to be cleared. Speculation centers on
being traded, with the Boston Globe reporting a deal was close with the
. Byrd is hitting .070 and was not in Saturday's lineup, although he was in the clubhouse.
Byrd is scheduled to make $6.5 million this season, so the Cubs most likely will have to eat much of that salary. They are already paying about $15.5 million of
's salary with the
Byrd is off to a slow start with three singles and a walk in 47 plate appearances.
Dempster has a strained right quadriceps and Sveum said he was "much, much better" Saturday but that it was better to have him miss two starts than to further hurt himself and miss more time.
Dempster, the Cubs' best starter this season with a 1.33 ERA after three starts, is the second Cubs pitcher in two days to be played on the DL, joining reliever
, who has fatigue in in his right shoulder.