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08/22/2006 4:15 PM ET
Cubs select Coats from Triple-A Iowa, place Izturis on disabled list
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The Chicago Cubs today selected outfielder Buck Coats from Triple-A Iowa. In a corresponding roster move, Chicago placed infielder Cesar Izturis on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring.

Coats, 24, is hitting .277 (119-for-429) with 20 doubles, six home runs and 49 RBI in 118 games for Iowa this season, including a .289 mark (91-for-315) against right-handed pitchers. The Cubs' 18th round selection in the 2000 First-Year Player Draft, Coats has seen action at all three outfield positions, as well as at second base, third base and shortstop this season.

Coats, who batted .282 with 32 doubles for Double-A West Tenn in 2005, will wear uniform number 30 and look to make his Major League debut. A left-handed hitter, Coats has stolen 117 bases in his minor league career, having been caught just 41 times.

Izturis, 26, injured his hamstring in last night's 6-5 loss to the Phillies at Wrigley Field. The switch-hitter was acquired by Chicago from the Dodgers in exchange for Greg Maddux on July 31. Izturis is batting .246 (44-for-179) with a home run and 17 RBI on the season.

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