Tag:Michael Bowden
Posted on: May 17, 2011 5:54 pm

Matsuzaka on way to DL; Bowden receives call

By Evan Brunell

MatsuzakaDaisuke Matsuzaka appears poised to hit the disabled list, as CSNNE.com's Sean McAdam reports.

Dice-K underwent an MRI earlier Tuesday and the results must not have been pleasing. Matsuzaka has been particularly disastrous since leaving his start on April 29 with a tight elbow.

To replace Matsuzaka on the roster, reliever Michael Bowden is joining the team. Bowden is likely not long for the club, as Dan Wheeler is nearing the end of his rehab stint. Still, the club needs someone to fill the breach now and Bowden will make his 2011 debut. The 24-year-old made his debut in 2008 and has pitched parts of each of the last three seasons. Overall, he's tosse 36 1/3 innings and posted a 6.69 ERA, although much of that comes from his 2009 stint. In 2010, he tossed 15 1/3 innings, posting a 4.70 ERA.

It's not yet known who will replace Matsuzaka in the rotation, but the odds are heavy that it will be Alfredo Aceves, who has been starting in Pawtucket and functioning as a long reliever in Boston. On Monday, Aceves nabbed the win with three innings in relief of Matsuzaka and Scott Atchinson.

Bowden has been impressive in Triple-A, tossing up a 1.59 ERA in 22 2/3 innings while whiffing 28 and walking four. It's unlikely he sticks in the bullpen, but with a few clean innings, can build up confidence in Red Sox brass.

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Posted on: August 14, 2010 5:26 pm
Edited on: August 18, 2010 12:08 am

Red Sox put Ellsbury back on DL

Jacoby Ellsbury
According to Twitter posts from reporters traveling with the Red Sox, outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury has been placed back on the disabled list after aggravating the rib injury that caused him to miss most of the season.

Ellsbury collided with Rangers pitcher Tommy Hunter on Friday night and fell on the left side of his ribs, then left the game. He was to have an MRI exam Saturday in Boston. He told the Red Sox the pain is worse than when he reinjured the ribs in May, which doesn't sound good.

Ellsbury has missed 95 games this season and returned August 4. You've got to think his season is potentially over -- there have been complaints from Ellsbury and agent Scott Boras about the team's treatment of the injury, so there's no way the Red Sox will take any chances now.

Pitcher Michael Bowden was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to take Ellsbury's roster spot. With Ellsbury out and Jed Lowrie unavailable due to heat exhaustion, Boston will play Saturday night with just 12 position players.

-- David Andriesen

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