Bowden gets called up!

For Immediate Release

April 26, 2009





BOSTON, MA–The Boston Red Sox today recalled right-handed pitcher Michael Bowden from Triple-A Pawtucket of the International League.  Following last night’s game, the club optioned infielder Gil Velazquez to Pawtucket.


Bowden will wear #64 and be in the bullpen for tonight’s 8:05 p.m. contest vs. the New York Yankees at Fenway Park.


The announcements were made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein.


Bowden, 22, is 1-0 with a 0.64 ERA (1 ER/14.0 IP) in three starts for the PawSox this season.  He has recorded 15 strikeouts compared to five walks while holding opponents to a .189 mark (10-for-53).


Selected by Boston in the supplemental round (club’s fifth pick) of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, Bowden made his Major League debut with the Red Sox in a start on August 30, 2008.  The right-hander earned the win in his only Big League outing, yielding two runs on seven hits and a walk with three strikeouts over 5.0 innings (3.60 ERA) vs. the Chicago White Sox.  In 2008, Bowden also combined to go 9-7 with a 2.62 ERA (42 ER/144.1 IP) in 26 appearances (25 starts) between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket.


In 85 career minor league games (82 starts) over parts of five seasons in the Boston organization, Bowden is 30-19 with a 3.07 ERA (143 ER/419.2 IP), 404 strikeouts and 111 walks.


Velazquez, 29, was selected to Boston’s Major League roster from Pawtucket on April 13 and has played in five games with the Red Sox, making three appearances at shortstop and two at third base while going 0-for-2 at the plate.  In his four games with Pawtucket this season, he went 4-for-18 (.222).





  1. fruitgirl

    Mike Bowden is a great power pitcher, and is going to be a superstar whether he remains a starter (as in the minors), or goes to our bullpen. His intensity and concentration along with his ability to hit his spots consistently is almost unmatched for a pitcher his age. We have a few future superstars that we absolutely MUST hold on to. No trades on Bowden, Bard and Tazawa……and that absolutely also goes for my guy Masterson. No way, no how are the Sox allowed to trade them. Fruitgirl has spoken, and she knows her pitchers!!!!


    We LOVE our RED SOX. We was at 2 of the 3 Yankees Sweep games and got to see Bowden at the 3rd game. He was great. We think they need to send Javier Lopez back to the minors and bring Bowden to the Bullpen.

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