PHILADELPHIA -- The Cubs anticipate getting a boost for their pitching staff by the end of this weeklong road trip after Kerry Wood and Ryan Dempster progressed in bullpen sessions Friday.
Wood (shoulder) threw 25 pitches, using breaking stuff for the first time since going on the DL and if he responds well today, manager Dale Sveum said a simulated game will be scheduled for Monday.
If that goes well, Wood could return to his setup role Thursday in Cincinnati.
Dempster (quad), the Cubs' top starter (1.33 ERA), threw a bullpen and ran during pregame work Friday and also is expected to return Thursday, his first eligible day.
That puts into limbo the status of Randy Wells, the veteran big-league starter who was at AAA Iowa before taking over for Dempster and has one more start Saturday before Dempster would return.
``We'll make those decisions when they all come up and see what happens,'' Sveum said, ``but we haven't gotten to that step yet.''