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Bowden called up; Molina designated

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  July 18, 2010 10:41 AM

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The Red Sox recalled Michael Bowden, and as a result, Gustavo Molina was designated for assignment.

Bowden, a first-round pick in 2005 and one of the organization's top prospects, entered the year in Pawtucket as a starter, but recently made the transition to the bullpen, where he will pitch for the Sox during his stay. He has a 3.52 ERA in 20 appearances with Pawtucket this season.

Terry Francona said that he isn't sure yet what situations Bowden will be used in, but all the reports on the 23-year-old have been positive, and Francona is pleased to have him with the club.

"In the reliever role, hes been down with his fastball, and his slider has been really really good," Francona said.

"Were looking forward to this. This is a kid whos certainly been on the radar the last couple years."

Bowden appeared in eight games last year, including one start, a rocky three innings against the Blue Jays in which he allowed seven runs. But in his appearances since moving to the bullpen, Bowden has performed the way the Sox had hoped. He was recently placed into a bases loaded, no outs situation in Pawtucket and managed to pitch his way out.

"They were trying to create some innings to make him pitch out of it, and he was outstanding," Francona said.

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