Red Sox Recall Michael Bowden




BOSTON, MA—The Boston Red Sox today recalled right-handed pitcher Michael Bowden from Triple-A Pawtucket. The club also announced that catcher Luis Exposito was optioned to Pawtucket following last night's game. Bowden will be active for tonight's game against the Blue Jays in Toronto.


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


The 24-year-old Bowden will be in his third stint with the Red Sox this year. He also saw time on Boston's roster from May 18-20 and May 29-30, throwing 2.0 scoreless innings of relief in his only Major League appearance of the season on May 30 against the White Sox. In 20 games for the PawSox this year, all in relief, the right-hander is 2-2 with five saves, a 3.86 ERA (12 ER/28.0 IP) and 34 strikeouts compared to 10 walks. Selected by the Red Sox in the supplemental round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, Bowden has pitched in 24 Major League games (two starts) with the Red Sox over parts of the last four seasons from 2008-11, compiling a 2-2 record with a 6.34 ERA (27 ER/38.1 IP) and 29 strikeouts.


Exposito, 24, was recalled on Wednesday for his first Major League stint but did not appear in a game with Boston. He has played in 33 games with the PawSox this season, all as catcher, going 29-for-130 (.223) with 15 runs scored, five doubles, three home runs, 15 RBI and nine walks. With Pawtucket this year, he has thrown out 45.2 percent of attempted base stealers (14 of 31), the second-highest rate among qualifying Triple-A backstops, and he leads International League catchers with five double plays turned. Selected by Boston in the 31st round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, Exposito has hit .270 (442-for-1,638) with 208 runs scored, 107 doubles, five triples, 45 home runs and 259 RBI over six seasons in the Red Sox minor league system.