From the Wire … Cubs Call-Up Michael Bowden, Option Brooks Raley to Iowa

According to multiple reports, the Cubs made to roster moves on Thursday. As expected, Brooks Raley was optioned to Triple-A Iowa after pitching 4 1/3 innings in relief in Wednesday’s blowout loss to the Angels.

The Cubs purchased the contract of Michael Bowden from Triple-A Iowa and called him up to take Raley’s spot on the active roster. With the addition of Michael Bowden, the Cubs 40-man roster now stands at 39 players.

The Cubs designated Michael Bowden for assignment on May 21 after posting a 1-2 record in 14 relief appearances with a 3.78 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. Bowden began the season with the Cubs and in 16 2/3 innings, surrendered 14 hits, struck out seven and walked five batters.

Bowden accepted his assignment to Triple-A Iowa in May. In 13 games out of the I-Cubs’ pen, Bowden allowed 14 hits with three walks and 28 strikeouts in 18 2/3 innings (2.41 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP).

Michael Bowden’s Page on Baseball-Reference

With Raley being unavailable to pitch in the last four games of the first half, the Cubs used the extra roster spot on the 40-man roster to bring up a reliever.

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  • cubtex

    RIP is happy again. Michael Bowden back and Shawn Camp gone. Can it get any better???

    • triple

      Yeah it’s Rip’s lucky day! Hopefully Bowden finds the strike zone consistently and gets batters out this go around. If so maybe he’s worth keeping on the roster for next year.

      I’m more hopeful about guerrier and strop continuing their good start with the cubs than Bowden remaining on the 40 man roster, especially once more trades are made and Bryant gets added to the 40man roster at some point before the next rule 5 draft.

      • calicub

        I’m not 100% on the rules, but i believe you have to havea few years of service time in the minors to be eligible for the rule 5, giving the cubs a while before having to worry about that..

        • triple

          Thanks… Figured as much. Just wasn’t so sure. Hopefully he’ll be pressing to make the 25 man roster by August next year!

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Here is the rule:

            After 4 or 5 years as a professional, a player must be added to his club’s 40-man roster or exposed to the 29 other clubs in the Rule 5 draft. (A club has 5 years to evaluate a player who signs his first pro contract at 18 years old or younger, but only 4 years to decide on a player who signs at age 19.) For purposes of calculating years as a pro, the counting begins the day a player signs his first pro contract, not the season he begins to play.

          • Tony_Hall

            Here’s one for you, when did Paniagua’s time count, since his first 2 contracts were voided?

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Tony, as far as I know his time started last year when he pitched in the Cubs’ system. Please let me know if you have different info.

          • Tony_Hall

            Wasnt sure as the rule says signs his first pro contract and that would have been long enough that he would be rule v eligible. But if voiding the contract restarts the clock then we are good.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Here is the rule

          After 4 or 5 years as a professional, a player must be added to his club’s 40-man roster or exposed to the 29 other clubs in the Rule 5 draft. (A club has 5 years to evaluate a player who signs his first pro contract at 18 years old or younger, but only 4 years to decide on a player who signs at age 19.) For purposes of calculating years as a pro, the counting begins the day a player signs his first pro contract, not the season he begins to play.