Brewers sign former RiverHawk Ellison
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July 19, 2008 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – Another former Rockford RiverHawk is heading back to affiliated baseball.

The Milwaukee Brewers have signed left-handed pitcher Derrick Ellison, who spent the first half of the season with the Bridgeport Bluefish of the independent Atlantic League. Ellison pitched for the RiverHawks in 2004-05 and has previously been with the Seattle and Chicago Cubs organizations.

According to the Bluefish website, Ellison has been assigned to the Maryvale Brewers of the Rookie-level Arizona League.

Ellison, 29, has been playing independent-league baseball since 2001. In his second season with Rockford, the Mariners picked him up and he spent a month in the high Class A California League. He signed with the Cubs after last season, but was released in spring training.

Ellison was 1-1 with a save and a 1.42 earned-run average in 22 relief appearances for the Bluefish this season. Ellison struck out 27 in 25 1/3 innings and held Atlantic League hitters to a .195 average.

Ellison joins 2004 teammates Olmo Rosario (San Francisco), a shortstop, and Justin Dowdy (Oakland), another lefty reliever, in major-league affiliated baseball. Reed Dickert, who made two appearances late last year with Rockford, is in the Milwaukee organization at Class A West Virginia of the South Atlantic League.

The RiverHawks are members of the Frontier League, a 12-team independent professional baseball league in its 16th season. Advertising and ticket information is available by calling the box office at (815) 885-2255. Most games are broadcast live on WNTA (1330 AM) and the internet. Fans can also visit the RiverHawks online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com.


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