Norwood Released; Peoria Roster Moves

Peoria, IL- The Peoria Chiefs in conjunction with the Chicago Cubs announced a series of roster moves on Tuesday. The Chiefs have placed right handed pitchers Miguel Cuevas and Donny Walters on the disabled list, demoted RHP Oscar Bernard to Boise and released first basemen Ryan Norwood.

The Chiefs have added three players to the roster to fill the vacant spots and the roster is now at 24 players, one short of the MWL limit. Peoria will add first basemen Derek Schermerhorn along with LHP Casey Lambert from Boise. RHP Michael Bartek joins the Chiefs roster from Arizona League in Mesa. All three have joined the team in Geneva, IL and are available for Tuesday's 6:00 PM game between the Chiefs and Cougars.

Schermerhorn, who played at Wichita State, was a member of the 2005 MVC All-Star team. He was hitting .276 in eight games with one RBI and three doubles so far with Boise. He also pitched a scoreless inning for the Hawks on June 20th in a loss against Salem-Keizer. The 2007 free-agent signee has at least one hit in seven of his eight games played.

Bartek attended Nicholls State University before being signed in May to a free-agent contract with the Cubs. He went 2-11 with a 5.16 ERA at NSU in 13 starts. In his two years with the Colonels, Bartek struck out 105 batters in 142 2/3 innings and registered four complete games. In 2007 he led the NSU staff in innings, strikeouts and complete games. Bartek made three appearances out of the bullpen in Mesa converting two save chances. He was 0-0 with a 1.50 ERA overall before being called up to Peoria.

Lambert was a sixth round draft pick in June's amateur draft out of the University of Virginia. The lefthander is the school's all-time saves leader with 32 saves. In four appearances with the Hawks in 2007 he was 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA.

Cuevas, who suffered a fractured left foot, was 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA in seven appearances this season. The 23-year old will head to Mesa, Arizona to get treatment for the injury.

Walters suffered a fractured right hand while playing catch in the outfield prior to a game on the last home stand. The right-hander was 0-3 with a 4.30 ERA in seven relief appearances since joining the Chiefs roster. He will also go to Mesa to get treatment and rehab.

The 24-year old Bernard was 1-3 with an 8.10 ERA in 19 appearances with Peoria. He struggled with his control during his time in Peoria walking 24 batters while striking out just 14.

Norwood, a MWL League All-Star from a year ago started the season with the High-A Daytona Cubs in the Florida State League. Since joining the Chiefs, Norwood hit .253 with no home runs and five RBI while playing in 22 games. The former 9th round pick out of East Carolina, Norwood led the MWL in hits (155) and games played (134) in 2006.


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