Mateo to Rehab in Peoria

Juan Mateo

Peoria, IL- The Peoria Chiefs in conjunction with the Chicago Cubs have announced that RHP Juan Mateo will make a rehab start in Peoria on Sunday when the Chiefs take on the Beloit Snappers at 2:00 PM. The Chiefs have one open spot on the 25-man roster which will be filled by Mateo on Sunday.

The Cubs have not yet announced how long Mateo will pitch or what his pitch count will be. As of now he is on the Chiefs roster as a regular pitcher and could make multiple starts in a Chiefs uniform. Robert Hernandez, who has made three starts and is Sunday's scheduled starter, will now follow Mateo out of the Chiefs bullpen. ...

The 24-year old Mateo has not pitched in 2007 at any level after making 11 appearances last year with the Cubs, 10 of which were starts. He made his first major league start on August 3rd against Arizona where he became the first Cubs starter since John Kornoka to win his first Major League start. He threw five innings against the Diamondbacks while allowing two earned runs and striking out two in a 7-3 victory.

In his 10 major league starts he has worked at least six innings two times and seven innings once. Juan also had three consecutive starts in September where he allowed two or less earned runs. He had a 1.93 ERA and held opposing hitters to a .170 batting average over that span. He finished the '06 season with a 1-3 mark with a 5.32 ERA.

Mateo made the jump from AA to the Cubs in just his fifth professional season. While at AA West Tennessee in 2006 he went 7-4 with a 2.82 ERA in 18 games. Juan spent the 2005 season with High-A Daytona where he went 10-5 and set career highs in innings pitched (109.1), starts (16) and strikeouts (123) ...

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