Red Sox Call Up Bowden
|09.05.09 at 12:34 pm ET|
With Junichi Tazawa having pitched 3.2 innings on Friday, the Red Sox summoned right-hander Michael Bowden from the minors to serve as an insurance option who can provide long relief should Tim Wakefield struggle to provide innings on Saturday. This is Bowden’s third call-up of the year; he has a 15.75 ERA in his two prior appearances, one of which was successful (2 shutout innings against the Yankees), the other of which was a disaster (2 innings, 7 runs).
Bowden (4-6, 3.13 ERA in Triple-A this year) is a native of the Chicago area, and so the opportunity to join the Red Sox in U.S. Cellular Field represents a homecoming of sorts for him.
Here is the release from the Red Sox announcing his call-up:
The Boston Red Sox recalled right-handed pitcher Michael Bowden from Triple-A Pawtucket. Bowden will wear No. 64 and be available for today’s game against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. With today’s move, the club’s active Major League roster is at 32 players.
The announcements were made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein.
For Bowden, 22, it is his third stint with the Big League club this season after combining to allow seven runs over 4.0 innings in two relief appearances for Boston earlier this year. Over 24 starts with the PawSox this season, he went 4-6 and at the time of his promotion ranked 4th in the International League with a 3.13 ERA (44 ER/126.1 IP). The right-hander was 1-1 with a 1.96 ERA (5 ER/23.0 IP) over his final four starts.
Selected by Boston in the supplemental round (club’s fifth pick) of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, Bowden has appeared in three career Major League games (one start). He made his debut with the Red Sox in a start on August 30, 2008 against the White Sox. In 106 career minor league games (103 starts) over parts of five seasons in the Boston organization, he is 33-25 with a 3.15 ERA (186 ER/532.0 IP), 477 strikeouts and 153 walks.
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