Rapada Called Up; Murton Optioned

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today recalled left-handed pitcher Clay Rapada from Triple-A Iowa. In a corresponding roster move, the Cubs have optioned outfielder Matt Murton to Iowa.

Rapada, 26, is 2-1 with a 3.77 ERA (12 ER/28.2 IP) in 29 relief appearances for Iowa this season, including a perfect 9-for-9 in save situations. He has held the opponent scoreless in 23 of 29 outings while stranding 16 of 20 inherited runners. He has limited left-handed batters to a .103 average (4-for-39) and has tossed 5.0 scoreless innings over his last five appearances since May 31 at Portland.

Originally signed by the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent in July of 2002, Rapada has gone 16-16 with 39 saves and a 2.89 ERA (92 ER/286.2 IP) in 208 career minor league contests (four starts). He has struck out 283 while walking just 110.

Rapada, who is available for tonight's 7:05 p.m. CT contest against the Seattle Mariners at Wrigley Field, will wear uniform number 50 and will be looking to make his major league debut.

Murton, 25, is hitting .252 (30-for-119) with a home run and eight RBI in 49 games for the Cubs this season. He was acquired by Chicago July 31, 2004, along with shortstop Nomar Garciaparra from Boston, in exchange for four players including infielders Alex Gonzalez and Doug Mientkiewicz.

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