Theriot Promoted

Ryan Theriot was promoted to Chicago from Triple-A Iowa late Sunday and will join the major league team in San Diego. He was batting .282 in 29 games at Iowa.

The 26-year-old Theriot made his major league debut with the Cubs last season. He was thought to be the odds-on favorite for the final spot off the bench out of big league camp before the Cubs acquired Freddie Bynum from the Texas Rangers in a three-team swap.

Theriot was selected by the Cubs in the third round of the 2001 draft from LSU. He scored the winning run to clinch the Tigers' National Championship the previous year in the College World Series against Stanford. Theriot entered 2006 a career .265 hitter in five minor league seasons.

In 120 games for Double-A West Tenn a season ago, Theriot finished with career bests in batting average (.304), doubles (28), and RBIs (53). He appeared in nine games with the big league club, going 2-for-13. Originally a switch-hitter, Theriot began batting strictly from the right-hand side of the plate last season.

As of early Monday afternoon, the Cubs had not announced who was being shuffled to accommodate the addition of Theriot. A spokesman in the Cubs' front office only said that General Manager Jim Hendry would announce the move prior to the Cubs' 9:05 p.m. CDT start against the Padres. The game can be seen on Comcast Sports Net.

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