Cherry promoted to Iowa

Right-hander Rocky Cherry was promoted to Triple-A Iowa on Monday. Cherry was 4-1 with a 2.22 ERA in 48 2/3 innings in relief at Double-A West Tennessee, and was named to the 2006 Southern League All-Star Game.

Cherry was a starter before undergoing season-ending Tommy John Surgery in early May of 2005. He made three starts at Double-A before his elbow blew. He returned this spring to win a spot from the Jaxx bullpen out of Spring Training.

The Texas native is throwing harder than ever following the operation, as his fastball has topped out at 96-97 mph, according to Cherry and Jaxx manager Pat Listach. Cherry was a 2002 draft pick from the University of Oklahoma.

To coincide with the move, Iowa sent right-hander Thomas Atlee to Double-A after 10 Triple-A appearances. He was 0-1 with a 4.73 ERA in 13 1/3 innings, walking 11 and striking out seven. The 26-year-old Atlee, who also hails from Texas, was 2-3 with a 1.67 ERA in 43 innings at West Tenn earlier this season before being promoted to Iowa in early June.

Right-hander Angel Guzman will make his 11th start of the year for Iowa. He is 3-4 with a 4.28 ERA in 54 2/3 innings with the Triple-A club. The I-Cubs are 48-46, three games back of first-place Nashville in the Pacific Coast League's American Northern Division.

West Tenn will open a five-game series against Montgomery Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. CDT at Pringles Park. Right-hander Sean Gallagher is expected to start for the Diamond Jaxx, who are 12-13 in the second half of Southern League play and have dropped five straight games having been swept by Mobile.

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