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Smokies Make Multiple Roster Changes

April 29, 2008 - Southern League (SL) - Tennessee Smokies News Release

Sevierville, Tennessee -- The Tennessee Smokies Professional Baseball Club, the Class AA Southern League Affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, announced several roster moves today. RHP Chad Fox and LHP James Russell have been added to the active roster and will join the team on their trip to Jacksonville. RHP Justin Berg has been called up to Class AAA Iowa, and RHP Juan Mateo will rejoin Class A Daytona.

In other news, LHP Scott Eyre from the Chicago Cubs roster will join the Smokies in Jacksonville for a rehabilitation start scheduled for Wednesday April 30th. Eyre has pitched with the Cubs organization during the last two seasons, posting a 2-1 record with a 4.13 in 55 game with the Cubs in 2007.

Fox is a 37-year-old is a native of Spring, TX. He is in his sixteenth season of professional baseball. The Chicago Cubs acquired Nannini as a minor league agent in January 2008. Fox has pitched at the Major League level since the 1997 season, but has not appeared in a game over the last two seasons due to a injured right elbow.

Russell hails from Colleyville, TX and is a 22-year old left-hander. James is in just his second season of professional baseball after being acquired in the 14th round of the 2007 draft. Russell attended the University of Texas after graduating from Navarro (TX) Junior College in 2006.

2008 Statistics: PLAYER W-L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR HB BB SO Eyre, Scott# 0-0 13.50 3 1 0 0 1 2.2 5 4 4 0 0 1 2

#Three rehab appearances in 2008

PLAYER W-L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR HB BB SO Russell, James 1-1 2.30 5 5 0 0 0 27.1 25 9 7 2 0 7 14

The Smokies' roster is at the maximum of 24 players.

Tennessee begins a 5-game series against the Jacksonville Suns on the road Wednesday beginning at 1:05 pm. The Smokies will return home on Saturday May 10th against the Huntsville Stars at 7:15 PM. Call 286-2300 for tickets or order on-line at

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