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Ryan Dempster and Mike Quade are friends again

Chicago Cubs manager Quade smiles with starting pitcher Dempster in Cincinnati

Chicago Cubs manager Mike Quade (R) smiles with starting pitcher Ryan Dempster (46) after the sixth inning of play against the Cincinnati Reds in their National League MLB baseball game at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio, June 8, 2011. REUTERS/John Sommers II (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)


Ryan Dempster was not happy about Cubs manager Mike Quade pulling him from Saturday’s start after the fifth inning and the two had an extended screaming match, but it sounds like they’ve patched things up.

Here’s what Quade told Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune:

Everything is fantastic. I was going to tell you about the conversation I had with my girlfriend last night too, but that’s off limits as well. That’s part of being at this level, not just in this town. And it’s OK.

Dempster declined to comment yesterday and Sullivan notes that he was “unapologetic” when talking previously about the incident, but he’s scheduled to start tomorrow and Quade at least seems to be over it.

Adding to the drama is that Dempster was one of Quade’s biggest supporters when the Cubs were deciding whether or not to make him the full-time manager, and with the team already out of contention at 37-56 and Quade under fire it’d be nice to have Dempster back on his side again. He might have bigger problems, after all.