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Ryan Dempster hospitalized, scratched from start

Chicago Cubs v Kansas City Royals

KANSAS CITY, MO - JUNE 24: Ryan Dempster #46 of the Chicago Cubs throws a pitch against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on June 24, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by G. Newman Lowrance/Getty Images)

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CSNChicago’s Patrick Mooney reports that Ryan Dempster was hospitalized on Saturday and stayed overnight undergoing tests and taking IV fluids. Although he was released Sunday, he’s been scratched from his next scheduled start.

The Cubs will call up Casey Coleman to take his spot Monday against the Nationals.

Besides fighting a stomach virus, Dempster has also been troubled by soreness in his hip and back. He’ll lose one start prior to the All-Star break as a result of the maladies, but the plan is for him to return sometime this week, perhaps as soon as Wednesday.

The Nationals have to be pleased by the turn of events. Coleman has a 7.32 ERA in his eight starts in the majors this season. The Cubs were already planning on promoting Ramon Ortiz to start in place of the injured Carlos Zambrano on Tuesday. It will be the season debut for Ortiz, who had a 6.30 ERA in two starts and 14 relief appearances for the Dodgers last season.