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11/20/2006 5:21 PM ET
Cubs add two to the 40-man roster
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The Chicago Cubs have announced that the club has added right-handed pitcher Rocky Cherry and left-handed pitcher Clayton Rapada to their 40-man roster. The Cubs' 40-man roster now stands at 40 players.

Cherry, 27, spent the majority of the 2006 season at Double-A West Tenn, going 4-1 with a 2.22 ERA (12 ER/48.2 IP) in 31 relief appearances. The campaign, in which he was named a Southern League All-Star, marked his first as a full-time reliever after he missed most of the 2005 season with an injured right elbow.

A 2003 graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Cherry was originally drafted by the Cubs in the 14th round of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft. He began his pro career by going a combined 7-2 with a 2.38 ERA (22 ER/83.1 IP) in 18 games (14 starts) between Single-A Lansing and Single-A Boise.

Rapada, 25, split 2006 between Double-A West Tenn and Triple-A Iowa, going a combined 6-4 with 21 saves and a 1.60 ERA (12 ER/67.1 IP) in 61 relief appearances. He began the season at West Tenn, collecting 21 saves and posting a 0.82 ERA (4 ER/43.2 IP) in 33 outings while limiting opponents to a .192 batting average. He allowed just one home run and walked 10 while striking out 45 before he was promoted to Iowa in late June.

Originally signed by Chicago as a non-drafted free agent in July of 2002, Rapada posted a 3.04 ERA (8 ER/23.2 IP) in 28 relief outings with Iowa to close out last season. In the recently completed Arizona Fall League season, he went 1-1 with a 3.07 ERA (5 ER/14.2) in 16 games for the Mesa Solar Sox.

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