Chris Walker Promoted to Triple-A

OF Chris Walker, the Southern League's Hitter of the Week for April 16-22, was promoted from Double-A Tennessee to Triple-A Iowa late Friday. In 19 games with Tennessee, the 26-year-old Walker batted .312 with two home runs, three doubles and 13 RBIs.

Walker went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and an RBI single in Tennessee's 4-2 win over Carolina on Friday. He recently held a nine-game hitting streak, during which time he recorded seven multi-hit games.

An all-star the past three seasons, Walker was invited to Big League Spring Training this past January after hitting .292 in 131 games for Double-A West Tennessee in 2006.

He will join Iowa in time for the team's game against Memphis Saturday.

"This is really the first time I've been promoted in the middle of a season," Walker noted after hearing the news. "It's a new challenge."

A 2002 sixth-round Cubs draft pick from Georgia Southern, Walker entered 2007 a career .275 hitter in five minor league seasons.

Earlier Friday, the Smokies announced that RHP Billy Petrick had joined the team following a promotion from Class A Daytona.

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