Murton up, Patterson down.

Wow. Just wow.

ATLANTA - Corey Patterson's struggles have landed him in the minor leagues.

The reeling Cubs optioned the disappointing outfielder to Class AAA Iowa of the Pacific Coast League following Thursday night's game against the Atlanta Braves.

After batting .266 with career highs of 24 homers and 72 RBIs in 157 games last season, Patterson - the Cubs' starting center fielder - has endured a nightmarish 2005 campaign.

Patterson entered the second game of Thursday's doubleheader against Atlanta, mired in a 2-for-25 slump over his last eight games. Over the weekend, Patterson was booed loudly at Wrigley Field.

Patterson, 25, is batting .232 with 11 homers, 24 RBIs and 12 stolen bases in 83 games this season. He also has struck out 83 times in 314 at-bats.

Mired in a season-high eight-game losing streak after dropping both games to the Braves, the Cubs (40-44) also optioned outfielder Jason Dubois to Iowa while purchasing the contracts of outfielders Adam Greenberg and Matt Murton from Class AA West Tenn of the Southern League.

Dubois, 26, had spent the entire season with the Cubs, hitting .289 with seven homers and 22 RBIs in 52 games.

Greenberg, 24, was hitting .278 with four homers and 28 RBIs in 74 games. The 23-year-old Murton was batting .342 with eight homers and 46 RBIs in 78 games.

I don't know if Greenberg was a good choice at all.

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