Peoria Pitching Changes

Peoria, IL- The Peoria Chiefs in conjunction with the Chicago Cubs placed RHP Billy Muldowney and RHP Jose Ceda on the disabled list Tuesday. Muldowney, Ceda and Rafael Dolis have all returned to Mesa, AZ to begin treatment and rehab programs.

The Chiefs have added LHP Chris Shaver from Mesa. Shaver will begin his rehab with the Chiefs Wednesday night and it is not known how many appearances he will make in Peoria. Shaver was 7-10 last season with a 2.99 ERA as a AA Southern League All-Star with the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx. He had surgery last September and has not pitched yet in a game in 2007. Shaver was with the Chiefs in 2005 going 3-7 with a 4.31 ERA in 19 starts before earning a promotion to High-A Daytona. The 25 year old was drafted out of William & Mary College in the 4th round of the 2004 draft.

Muldowney originally came off the disabled list on May 6th against Fort Wayne and worked two innings allowing three runs, but just one earned on three hits in his second loss of the season. Muldowney threw again in Dayton on May 9th but lasted just 1 1/3 innings while allowing five runs on three hits while walking two. His elbow bothered him again during the Dayton outing and he will receive further treatment in Mesa before beginning a rehab program.

Prior to going on the DL the first time, Muldowney was 2-1 with a 3.32 ERA with 21 strikeouts and also led the team in innings pitched. Since coming off the disabled list on May 6th he is 0-2 in just 3 1/3 innings pitched.

Ceda left his last start on May 10th in Dayton after just four innings with shoulder stiffness. He was examined by Dr. Gryzlo in Chicago on Monday and will also head to Mesa to begin treatment and rehab programs. In six starts this season, Ceda is 2-2 with a 4.70 ERA. He struck out 24 batters and walked 15 in 23 innings of work.

Dolis has been on the DL since last Tuesday with an elbow injury. He too saw Dr. Gryzlo on Monday and will join Ceda and Muldowney in Mesa. Dolis, the youngest player on the Chiefs roster, turned 19 in January and has made six starts while posting a 3-1 record and a 1.80 ERA. The right-hander has struck out 24 and walked 16 in a team-high 30 innings pitched this season. In his last appearance on Monday against Fort Wayne, Dolis allowed one run over 4 1/3 innings while striking out five and walking four.

The Chiefs expect to have RHP Al Alburquerque back off the DL either Thursday or Friday to pitch during this homestand. He is scheduled to throw a simulated game today against Chiefs hitters and if all goes well he will throw this homestand against Beloit.

The Chiefs return home after going 5-6 on a 11 game road trip to meet the Beloit Snappers for the first time this season at 6:30 PM. The Chiefs will send RHP Alex Maestri (3-0 1.80 ERA) against RHP Adam Hawes (1-3, 4.55 ERA) in game one of the four game series at O'Brien Field.

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