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Monday, September 1, 2008

Bowden sent back to PawSox

Sep 1. BOSTON — One day after he earned a win in his major-league debut, Michael Bowden was optioned to Pawtucket yesterday morning. Taking his place on the roster was outfielder Jonathan Van Every, who was promoted from Pawtucket.

The move with Bowden was not unexpected, especially with the Red Sox short on healthy position players. The plan is for Bowden, a starting pitcher by trade, to work out of the bullpen for a few innings for the PawSox on Friday night in their playoff game against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. That will help the organization manage his innings while keeping their options open for the rest of Boston’s season. Bowden, who turns 22 in a few weeks, could be called up either to work out of the bullpen or to make another start or two down the stretch, though the Red Sox view him as a starter down the road.

Bowden, though, takes with him a game ball, courtesy of his five-inning debut in Boston’s 8-2 victory over the White Sox on Friday night at Fenway Park. Bowden allowed two runs on seven hits. Bowden, who now has pitched for Double A Portland, Triple A Pawtucket and Boston this season, expected the move and said he wasn’t concerned about making a transition to the bullpen.

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