06/26/2007 8:16 PM ET
Cubs place RHP Dempster on 15-day DL
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs today placed right-handed pitcher Ryan Dempster on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 23, with a left oblique strain. In corresponding roster moves, right-handed pitcher Billy Petrick, a native of Kankakee, Ill., has been selected from Double-A Tennessee and right-handed pitcher Wade Miller has been transferred to the 60-day disabled list.
Petrick, 23, was originally selected by Chicago in the third round of the 2002 draft and has compiled a 25-21 record with a 3.65 ERA (152 ER in 374 1/3 IP) in 89 minor league games (63 starts). A 2002 graduate of Morris (Ill.) High School, the switch-hitting Petrick was named to the 2004 Midwest League All-Star team.
This season, Petrick has gone 1-2 with a 2.57 ERA (12 ER in 42 IP) and two saves in 24 relief appearances between Single-A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee. He began the year with Daytona, producing a 3.09 ERA (four ER in 11 2/3 IP) in six relief outings before he was promoted to Tennessee in late April.
With the Smokies this season, Petrick has gone 1-1 with two saves and 2.37 ERA (eight ER in 30 1/3 IP) in 18 games and has not allowed an earned run in his last seven outings dating to June 4 (12 1/3 IP). He has limited hitters to a .202 batting average and struck out 33 compared to eight walks.
Petrick, who is looking to make his Major League debut, will wear number 56 and is available for tonight's
7:05 p.m. CT game against the Colorado Rockies at Wrigley Field.
Dempster, 30, is 1-3 with a 3.38 ERA (13 ER in 34 2/3 IP) and 16 saves in 33 games for Chicago this season. He has held the opposition to a .178 batting average (21-for-118) in 34 2/3 innings of work and has converted 88.9 percent of his save opportunities (16-of-18) this season.
Miller, 30, originally landed on the 15-day disabled list April 23 with middle back spasms. He is 0-1 with a 10.54 ERA (16 ER in 13 2/3 IP) in three starts with Chicago this season.