Bowman was placed on the 10-day disabled list with blisters on his right index and middle fingers Friday, source reports.
Prior to the injury, Bowman recorded a 5.82 ERA in 17 innings. The Cardinals did not call up a reliever, but instead recalled outfielder Tyler O'Neill to take Bowman's roster spot.
Bowman fired 1.2 scoreless innings in a shutout loss to the Twins, allowing a hit and issuing a walk while recording three strikeouts.
Bowman has now generated scoreless efforts in three of his past four trips to the mound, an encouraging stretch that comes on the heels of a pair of rough outings in mid-to-late April. The 26-year-old right-hander is valued for his ability to provide multiple innings out of the bullpen, but issues with the long ball in the early going have led to some inconsistency. Factoring in Monday's line, his ERA and WHIP still sit at an unsightly 5.14 and 1.79, respectively.
Bowman (0-1) allowed an earned run on two hits over one inning while also recording a strikeout during an extra-innings loss to the Mets on Tuesday.
Bowman was on the hook for the loss after allowing Jay Bruce's 405-foot solo home run to center in the visitors' half of the 10th. The right-hander has proven unreliable of late, as he's now surrendered a round tripper in each of his last two outings, and at least one earned run in three of his last four appearances overall.
Bowman allowed two earned runs on four hits, a walk and a hit batsman over 1.1 innings in a loss to the Cubs on Thursday. He also recorded two strikeouts.
Bowman got himself into some trouble in the fifth, allowing an infield single to Addison Russell that was immediately followed by Jason Heyward's 423-foot home run to right. The right-hander opened April with five consecutive scoreless appearances, but he's now allowed a combined three earned runs in two of his last three trips to the mound. Bowman's four holds have helped fantasy owners rostering him in formats that factor in the metric, but he's otherwise disappointed with a 6.23 ERA and 2.08 WHIP over his first 8.2 innings.
Bowman notched his third hold in Saturday's 5-3 win over the Diamondbacks, firing a scoreless seventh inning in which he recorded two strikeouts.
Bowman needed a quick 14 pitches to dispose of Nick Ahmed, David Peralta and Ketel Marte. That makes it four straight scoreless efforts for the 26-year-old right-hander, following a clunker of an Opening Day against the Mets in which he allowed three earned runs while only getting one out. That outlier aside, Bowman looks as effective as would be expected based on his overall body of work in his first pair of Cardinals campaigns.
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