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03/11/2007 5:00 PM ET
Pitcher Lincoln Holdzkom returned to Cubs from Houston
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The Chicago Cubs today announced that right-handed pitcher Lincoln Holdzkom, who was claimed by the Houston Astros in the Major League portion of the 2006 Rule V Draft, has cleared outright waivers and been returned to the Cubs organization.

Holdzkom, who turns 25 on March 23, combined to go 2-3 with a 1.76 ERA (9 ER/46.0 IP) in 25 games (one start) between Double-A West Tenn, Single-A Daytona and Rookie League Mesa in 2006. Acquired from the Florida Marlins on March 28, 2006 - along with lefty Zach McCormack - for right-hander Todd Wellemeyer, Holdzkom landed on the disabled list from May 1-July 16 with a strained right shoulder.

Originally selected by the Marlins in the seventh round of the 2001 Draft, Holdzkom owns a 2.62 career ERA (60 ER/206.1 IP) in 135 games (eight starts). He has 237 strikeouts in 206.1 innings pitched and has limited hitters to a .196 batting average (143-for-731). Since undergoing "Tommy John" surgery in 2004, he has produced a 2.43 ERA (16 ER/59.1 IP) in 37 outings (one start).

Holdzkom, who has not surrendered a home run in his five minor league seasons (883 batters faced), will be assigned to Double-A Tennessee.

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