Cubs add RHP Bowden to roster; RHP Lopez designated for assignment

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today added right-handed pitcher Michael Bowden to the 25-man roster.  To make room for Bowden on the roster, right-handed pitcher Rodrigo Lopez has been designated for assignment.

Bowden, who will wear uniform number 43, will be available for tonight’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field.

The 25-year-old Bowden was acquired Saturday with a player to be named from the Boston Red Sox for outfielder Marlon Byrd and a cash consideration.  The righthander began the 2012 season on Boston’s Opening Day roster, posting no record and a 3.00 ERA (1 ER/3.0 IP) in two relief appearances before being designated for assignment on April 15.  He has a 3.91 ERA (10 ER/23.0 IP) in 16 major league appearances since the start of the 2011 campaign.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound righthander split the last three seasons between Boston and Triple-A Pawtucket, where he spent the majority of the 2011 campaign as Pawtucket’s closer.  Bowden went 3-3 with 16 saves and a 2.73 ERA (16 ER/52.2 IP) in 41 relief outings in Triple-A last year, striking out 61 and walking only 18 in 52.2 innings.  He converted 16-of-17 saves chances and limited opponents to a .218 batting average (43-for-197).

Originally selected by the Red Sox in the supplemental round (47th overall) of the 2005 Draft, Bowden has pitched parts of the last five seasons in the majors with the Red Sox, going 2-2 with a 5.61 ERA (37 ER/59.1 IP) in 39 appearances, all but two in relief.  Bowden is a 2005 graduate of Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora, Illinois.

Lopez, 36, is 0-1 with a 5.68 ERA (4 ER/6.1 IP) in four relief appearances for the Cubs this season.