Flurry of Moves

The Cubs have made several minor league roster moves in the past two days that affect the Triple-A and Double-A rosters.

Movin' on Up ...

Luis Montanez and Micah Hoffpauir were promoted to Triple-A Iowa. Montanez leads the Cubs' farm system with a .369 batting average in 38 games and is currently having the best month of his professional career with 28 hits in 62 at-bats in May -- all previously with Double-A West Tenn.

Hoffpauir spent most of last year at Iowa, but began 2006 at Double-A. He hit .268 at Iowa last season and was batting .268 with the Diamond Jaxx this year. He is currently tied with Daytona's Jake Fox for the most home runs in the farm system (10), and one behind Fox for the lead in RBIs (32).

Goin' Down ...

To coincide with the Montanez and Hoffpauir promotions, Brandon Sing and Adam Greenberg were sent down from Iowa to West Tenn. Sing had four home runs and four doubles at Iowa, but was batting .177 in 33 games.

Greenberg started the year at West Tenn, but was promoted to Iowa near the end of April despite having batted .175 in 19 games with the Diamond Jaxx. He was 2-for-17 in 11 games with the Triple-A club.

Jae-Kuk Ryu's first major league stint ended after he was sent back to Iowa Thursday. Ryu was moved down as Kerry Wood came off the DL and made his ‘06 debut against Washington. The Cubs lost, 5-3.

"New" Face ...

The Cubs signed INF Tony Womack to a minor league contract Thursday and assigned him to Iowa. Womack began the year with the Cincinnati Reds and was 4-for-18 in nine games.

Adios ...

Raul Valdez and Matt Padgett were released on Wednesday. Valdez was 1-3 with a 7.59 ERA in seven starts for Iowa this season. Padgett was signed to a minor league contract in April and was 10-for-61 in 19 games with Iowa.

David Cash was released after making one start for West Tenn this year. Cash reportedly impressed Cubs officials in Spring Training after missing all of 2005 and most of '04 recovering from Tommy John Surgery on his right elbow. He threw five innings of one-hit, shutout ball in his only start with the team back on April 9.

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