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Cubs recall Murton, send Patterson down
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Published: 4/19/2008 11:04 AM

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The Chicago Cubs recalled outfielder Matt Murton from Triple-A Iowa today and optioned infielder Eric Patterson to Triple-A.

Murton, who spent all of spring training with the Cubs before being optioned to Triple-A on March 30, hit .317 with five runs scored and two RBI with 10 walks to contribute to a .462 on-base percentage in 13 games with Iowa this season. He batted .348 (24-for-69) in 27 spring training games this year.

The 26-year-old Murton has spent all or part of the last three seasons in the big leagues with the Cubs, batting .296 (246-for-830) with 28 home runs and 98 RBI in 289 games. In 2007, he batted .281 (66-for-235) with eight home runs and 22 RBI in 94 major league contests.

Patterson was recalled from Triple-A last Wednesday and appeared in three contests, including a start at second base yesterday vs. Pittsburgh. He went 0-for-6 and recorded his first major league RBI and stolen base.