Rangers RHP Dempster out for personal reasons
TORONTO (AP) Ryan Dempster is going to have to wait a little longer to make another start in his native Canada.
The right-hander will miss his scheduled start for the Texas Rangers on Saturday at Toronto due to personal reasons.
Dempster, who is from British Columbia, was slated to make his first start in Canada since opening day for the Marlins at Montreal on April 2, 2002. He went 5-0 in eight career appearances in Montreal, but has never pitched in Toronto.
Recently demoted starter Roy Oswalt will take Dempster's place against the Blue Jays.
The Rangers placed Dempster on the restricted list Friday and recalled rookie outfielder Leonys Martin from Triple-A Round Rock. The AL West leaders didn't offer any further explanation for Dempster's absence and said he was expected to rejoin the team Monday.
Dempster has struggled since he was acquired in a trade with the Chicago Cubs on July 31. He is 1-1 with an 8.31 ERA in three starts for Texas.
He got a no-decision in his Texas debut when the Rangers beat the Los Angeles Angels 15-9, but was hit hard by the AL East-leading Yankees in an 8-2 loss on Monday. His only win with Texas came at Boston's Fenway Park, where he allowed three unearned runs in 6 2-3 innings of a 6-3 win on Aug. 7.
Martin has appeared in 15 games this season, batting .189 with no homers and five RBIs.
Oswalt was bumped from the rotation when the Rangers acquired Dempster. A three-time All-Star, Oswalt is 4-2 with a 6.53 ERA since signing with Texas in late May, appearing in relief three times after making six starts.
Updated August 17, 2012