Okajima activated; Bowden optioned

The Red Sox activated LHP Hideki Okajima today and sent RHP Michael Bowden to Pawtucket.

Bowden can come back after Sept. 1, but only after 10 days have elapsed.

Given his terrible season to date it’s hard to picture Okajima being put in a high leverage situation right away. He has a 5.58 ERA and has allowed 49 hits and 15 walks in 32.1 innings. Lefties are hitting .338 against him.

Okajima pitched in three rehab games for Triple-A Pawtucket. Over 2.1 innings he allowed four runs on six hits and didn’t record a strikeout. Three of the six hits were for extra bases.

Beyond that, a quiet pregame so far.


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