9/20 Extra bases
Ryan Dempster will get two more starts. He’ll start Friday in the first game of the Cubs’ series against the Cardinals and also the last game of the season Sept. 28 against the Padres. Rodrigo Lopez and Randy Wells will pitch Saturday and Sunday, respectively, against the Cardinals, while Matt Garza and Casey Coleman will start next Monday and Tuesday against the Padres.
* Expect Tyler Colvin to get at least one more start this season. Colvin was batting .155 but Mike Quade said he’s seen no lingering effects from the freak accident one year ago on Sept. 19 when he suffered a collapsed lung after he was stabbed in the chest by a broken bat.
“He just has to keep working to get better,” Quade said of Colvin. “He has bat speed and power to play up here and be good up here. Now it’s a matter of making consistent contact, of improving his discipline at the plate. When he swings at strikes and gets pitches he can handle, he does a pretty good job.”
* Gary Hughes, who has been in baseball for 44 years and with the Cubs since 2002 as a special assistant, announced he will not be returning to the team next year.
— Carrie Muskat