Tacoma, WA - The Chicago Cubs have selected
the contract of SS Donnie Murphy from the Iowa Cubs. Murphy was
available, but didn't play, in the Cubs' game this afternoon against the Los
Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field.
The Cubs signed Murphy as a minor league free agent
just prior to the start of this season after he spent spring training in camp
with the Milwaukee Brewers. In 89 games with Iowa this season, Murphy batted
.265 (80-for-302) with 18 doubles, two triples, 12 home runs, 41 RBI, 32 runs
scored, and five stolen bases. He hit safely in 16 of his last 18 games with
Iowa. His .969 fielding percentage at shortstop ranks better than the listed
league leader, Jonathan Villar of Oklahoma City (.965), but he leaves the I-Cubs
three games shy of enough games at the position to qualify.