Web Analytics and Web Statistics by NextSTAT The Boston Sports Nut: September call-ups

Thursday, August 21, 2008

September call-ups

Boston will likely add eight to 10 players in September, but the most intriguing possibility may not get a look. Top pitching prospect Michael Bowden isn't likely to be used as a reliever, and there's even less chance of him getting to join the rotation after Boston's addition of Paul Byrd. Bowden, who turns 22 next month, is 9-6 with a 2.59 ERA, 103 H and 121/28 K/BB in 132 IP between Double- and Triple-A this year. He's a potential No. 2 or No. 3 starter, but he probably won't contribute until the middle of next year. ... Other likely callups are catcher Dusty Brown, outfielder Jonathan Van Every and pitchers Chris Smith, Hunter Jones and Eric Hull. ... 2006 first-round pick Daniel Bard has the numbers to qualify for a callup, with a 2.28 ERA and a .184 average against in 43 1/3 innings in Double-A, but he probably doesn't throw enough strikes to help out right now.

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