Worth noting

Worth noting

• Dempster, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday with right lat tightness, traveled with the club to Arizona for what was essentially a three-game road trip after the Cubs' midweek series on the South Side against the White Sox.

• Cubs third baseman Ian Stewart, currently on the DL with soreness in his left wrist, will continue his rehab Saturday by swinging a bat at Chase Field.

"He'll do some swinging tomorrow, nothing live though, just swinging the bat," Sveum said.

• With the Cubs flying to Arizona a day early, the team received a day off Thursday and Sveum, whose family resides in Scottsdale, used the time away to watch his son, Rustin, play in a club baseball game Thursday.

Sveum said his son collected a leadoff double, but his team lost, 2-0. The manager didn't fully stop working while watching the game either: He came away thinking highly of the opposing team's pitcher.

"He was throwing 85-87 [mph], pretty impressive," Sveum said. "I should've got his name."

The Cubs drafted Rustin in the 39th round of the First-Year Player Draft.