Promotions, Roster Moves Announced

PEORIA, IL— The Peoria Chiefs, in conjunction with the Chicago Cubs have announced that All-Star second baseman Eric Patterson has been promoted to AA West Tenn and All-Star pitcher Matt Weber has been promoted to High-A Daytona. The Chiefs will add rehabbing pitcher Angel Guzman, starter Justin Berg who was acquired from the New York Yankees on Saturday and outfielder Steve Harris.

Patterson was the DH Saturday night for the Chiefs and went 0-for-2 with a walk and a sacrifice fly and leaves the team leading the Midwest League in hitting at .333. The second baseman has 13 homers, 26 doubles and 11 triples to go along with 71 RBI. Patterson was a Post-Season Midwest League All-Star and leads the league with 90 runs scored and is also in the top five in the league in slugging, on-base percentage, stolen bases, triples and hits.

Weber was scheduled to start for the Chiefs on Tuesday in Beloit, just outside his hometown of Roscoe, Illinois. He won his last start against West Michigan on Thursday to improve to 7-9 on the season in 25 appearances. Weber leaves the Chiefs with 1 3.91 ERA in 142 2/3 innings. Earlier this season, Matt set a Chiefs franchise record after tossing 38 1/3 consecutive innings without issuing a walk. He is expected to join the Daytona Cubs starting rotation.

Guzman will start for the Chiefs Tuesday night in Peoria after making four starts in Mesa with the Arizona Cubs this season. Guzman has been as high as AA West Tenn and is currently on the Cubs 40-man roster. He went on the disabled list at AA last season on July 30th with right shoulder tendonitis and is still working his way back. In his first eight innings this season in Mesa he struck out 12 and didn't allow an earned run. Guzman entered 2005 with a career record of 27-13 and a 2.62 ERA in 72 appearances. He spent part of the 2002 season in Lansing playing for current Chiefs manager Julio Garcia. In nine Midwest League starts, the right-hander went 5-2 with a 1.89 ERA. If all goes well Tuesday in Beloit, Guzman is expected to get the start at O'Brien Field on Sunday, September 4th against South Bend.

Justin Berg was acquired by the Cubs on Saturday from the New York Yankees in a trade involving outfielder Matt Lawton. Berg was drafted in the 43rd round in 2003 out of Indian Hills Community College in Centerville, Iowa. The 21-year old right hander spent all of 2005 in Short-Season A ball with the Staten Island Yankees in the New York-Penn League. In 15 games, nine starts, Berg was 6-2 with a 3.53 ERA. He threw 58 2/3 innings and struck out 52 while walking just 20. The Wisconsin native won his last two decisions and started his last four appearances. He is expected to follow Guzman on Tuesday and Sunday.

Steve Harris appeared in the outfield in 21 games for the Arizona Cubs through Friday. The 20 year old right-handed hitter batted .341 in 88 at-bats with 14 RBI and four doubles.

The three additions put the Chiefs back to a 25-man roster for the first time in almost a month. The Chiefs face the Whitecaps on Sunday at 2:00 PM to finish off a four game homestand. Peoria then heads to Beloit for a four game series starting on Monday before finishing the regular season with a four game series against South Bend at home over Labor Day Weekend.

(Photo/West Tenn Diamond Jaxx)

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