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Volstad to start Tuesday, Dempster's recovery going well

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Volstad to start Tuesday, Dempster's recovery going well

Cubs manager Dale Sveum said everything went well with Ryan Dempster on Saturday, and the injured starter will throw off a mound Monday as he works his way back from a strained right lat muscle.

Chris Volstad will start Tuesday's game in Atlanta, Sveum also announced. The right-hander acquired from Miami for Carlos Zambrano in the offseason hasn't pitched in the majors since May 17 and posted a 7.46 ERA in eight starts with the Cubs. But Volstad has pitched better as of late in the minors, and calling him up made the most sense for the Cubs.

"His last outing and even the outing before were pretty positive," Sveum said. "It's logical, it's his day, and he's done a good job the last couple outings."

Volstad struck out seven without allowing a walk or home run in seven innings against Round Rock, Houston's Triple-A affiliate, on June 28. In eight Triple-A starts with Iowa, Volstad has a 4.44 ERA, but his strikeout and walk numbers have improved from the ones he put up with the Cubs.

It's another chance for Volstad to prove himself to the Cubs, and his manager has something targeted for him to succeed.

"It's just mainly getting through an inning, when a little trouble comes up is what he had trouble with," Sveum said. "He had as many shutout inning as anybody, he just couldn't solidify those big innings with one run. It's always multiple-run innings.

"The way he threw the ball the other day, his ball's really sinking and he's getting a lot of quick ground balls and efficiency. Hopefully we can see the same thing."

The news wasn't as good for Ian Stewart, who hasn't seen any improvement in his sore left wrist. Both Sveum and general manager Jed Hoyer hinted that the third baseman may need to go under the knife.

"It's a strong likelihood, is a fair way to characterize it," Hoyer said of Stewart having surgery. "He may be able to avoid it, but to this point we've tried to exhaust every option to avoid it and it may well end up with surgery. It's been frustrating for Ian and it's been frustrating for us."

Stewart has been on the disabled list since June 13 and is hitting .201.292.335 with five home runs this season.

Charlie Tilson plays in Detroit for first time since getting injured in his MLB debut

Charlie Tilson plays in Detroit for first time since getting injured in his MLB debut

For over two years, Charlie Tilson was starting to look like his own version of "Moonlight" Graham, the player made famous in the movie "Field of Dreams" because he played in one major league game and never got to bat.

The White Sox traded for Tilson just before the trade deadline passed in 2016. Two days later he made his big league debut with the White Sox in Detroit. He got a single in his first at-bat, but left the game with an injury and missed the rest of the season. Tilson also missed all of the 2017 season and his MLB future was starting to come into question.

Back healthy, Tilson started this season in Triple-A Charlotte and hit .248 in 39 games when he got called up to replace Leury Garcia, who was placed on the disabled list. On Thursday, Tilson returned to a big league field for the first time in more than 20 months. He went 0-for-3 in a loss to Baltimore.

Friday marked a return to the site of Tilson's big league debut and the injury that made it such a brief stint. Tilson has now played three big league games, over the course of nearly 21 months, and two of them have been in Detroit.

Tilson went 1-for-4, meaning both his hits are in Comerica Park. The White Sox lost 5-4 after giving up three runs in the bottom of the eighth.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Do the Cubs need to make a deal?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Do the Cubs need to make a deal?

On this episode of SportsTalk Live, Fred Mitchell, Seth Gruen and Jason Goch join David Kaplan on the panel.

The Cubs bats come alive against the Giants while Theo says there have been plenty of trade rumors but no trade talks. Do the Cubs need to make a deal?

Plus, Ray Ratto joins Kap to talk about the Warriors struggles and the guys debate if LeBron is playing his final game in a Cavaliers uniform.

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