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Chicago Cubs Promote Michael Bowden, Option Brooks Raley To Triple-A

The Chicago Cubs have recalled pitcher Michael Bowden from Triple-A Iowa to take the old roster spot of pitcher Brooks Raley, who has been demoted to Iowa, as Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports. Raley made his MLB debut with the Cubs this month, losing a pair of starts with the big league club before ultimately returning to the minors.

Bowden, 25, has pitched well for in the minors this year, posting a 2.76 ERA with 35 strikeouts and 17 walks in 32.2 innings of relief work with Iowa. He's never succeeded in numerous opportunities in the majors as his 5.87 career big league ERA can attest, but his minor league performance has always indicated some level of potential.

He'll be replacing Raley, who had mixed results in his first two MLB starts with the Cubs. After struggling in his big league debut against the San Diego Padres, the lefty bounced back on Aug. 12 against the Cincinnati Reds, pitching six innings of three-run ball in a defeat. The Cubs lost both of his outings, though.

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