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Dempster's abbreviated outing taxes pitching staff

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The Cubs are in a world of hurt with their pitching, both with their starters and their relievers.

Wednesday's rainout in Chicago enabled manager Mike Quade to push inexperienced righty Casey Coleman back to Sunday and buy time to figure out what to do with the fifth spot, where lefty James Russell has struggled.

But things became even more uncertain during Thursday night's 11-2 loss at Arizona.

Starting pitcher Ryan Dempster failed to make it out of the first inning, giving up seven runs while recording just one out.

Quade had said Coleman would be available if a situation arose "that I really don't want to see." That situation arose, but Quade stayed away from Coleman, who is scheduled to start Sunday's series finale.

The Cubs still need a starter for Monday's series opener at Dodger Stadium. It could be Russell, or it could be somebody from Class AAA Iowa. And with the bullpen having been taxed Thursday, the Cubs may have to turn to Iowa for a reliever who can bring a fresh arm.

"We have a lot of work to do in the next four days," Quade said.

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