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08/16/2006 1:22 PM ET
Cubs select O'Malley, place Eyre on the disabled list
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The Chicago Cubs today selected left-handed pitcher Ryan O'Malley from Triple-A Iowa. In addition, Chicago has placed left-handed pitcher Scott Eyre on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring.

O'Malley, 26, is scheduled to make the start - his Major League debut - in this afternoon's game against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. He owns a 28-23 career record with a 3.85 ERA (193 ER/451.2 IP) in 167 minor league games (46 starts) over five minor league seasons.

The Springfield, Ill., native has gone 7-7 with a 4.08 ERA (56 ER/123.2 IP) in 26 games (19 starts) for Iowa this season. O'Malley has posted a 7-6 mark with a 3.77 ERA (48 ER/114.2 IP) in his 19 starts while tossing 6.0 or more innings 11 times.

O'Malley, who will wear number 48, will be the seventh rookie pitcher Chicago has used this season. In addition, he'll be the fourth Cubs pitcher to make his Major League debut in a starting role this season.

In his first season with the Cubs, the 34-year-old Eyre has posted a 2.60 ERA (15 ER/52.0 IP) in 60 relief appearances. He has stranded 27 of 35 inherited runners and held the opponent scoreless in 47 of his 60 relief appearances while his 17 holds rank second on the club.

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