Kernels make 2 roster moves

Nick Pugliese and Matt Shoemaker join the Kernels roster as relief pitchers, replacing promoted Jeremy Thorne (to Rancho Cucamonga) and disabled Vladimir Veras (elbow)

Before Sunday's game against Kane County, the Cedar Rapids Kernels announced a pair of roster moves involving pitchers.

Reliever Jeremy Thorne was promoted to high-Class A Rancho Cucamonga and reliever Vladimir Veras placed on the disabled list with a sore elbow. Thorne went 3-3 with three saves and a 2.39 earned run average in 19 games, including two starts.

Veras, who had elbow surgery two years ago, has a 3-2 record, team-high eight saves and 2.63 ERA in 21 games.

To replace them on the active roster, right-handers Matt Shoemaker and Nick Pugliese join the Kernels from Los Angeles Angels extended spring training. Shoemaker pitched seven games in an earlier stint this season with Cedar Rapids, going 1-0 with a 6.57 earned run average.

This is the first trip to Cedar Rapids for Pugliese, who had a 7.04 ERA in six appearances earlier this season for high-Class A Rancho Cucamonga. He is a non-drafted 2008 free agent from Stetson.