Pair of Kernels pitchers likely promoted

Soliman announces on his Twitter that he's headed to Fort Myers

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CEDAR RAPIDS - The Cedar Rapids Kernels apparently are losing a starting pitcher and reliever to promotion.

Internet reports indicate starter Tyler Duffey and reliever Manuel Soliman are headed to high-Class A Fort Myers. Duffey has been the Kernels' most consistent starter with a 3-2 record and 2.78 earned run average in nine starts, allowing just 55 baserunners in 58 1/3 innings.

Duffey was a reliever in college at Rice but was converted to starting by the parent Minnesota Twins this season.

Soliman is 3-1 with a save and 5.28 earned run average in 17 appearances for the Kernels. The right-hander, who has been unscored upon in his last four innings, has been inconsistent in his return from labrum surgery early last season.

Official announcement of Duffey's and Soliman's promotions is expected Wednesday morning. The Kernels begin a lengthy homestand Wednesday night against Quad Cities.

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