"When he came out of the game in Cleveland [earlier this week], we were concerned," said Red Sox manager Terry Francona about Morales. "We got him looked at. Structurally he's in good shape. We wanted to stay away from him for a couple of days, if possible. He kept wanting one more day.
"Today, after he threw, [pitching coach] Curt [Young] came in and said, 'You know, he's got a look of concern on his face.' So we called him and talked to him and thought, 'OK, we're not going to do something silly here.' If he's feeling it on flat ground, he gets in a game and he's starting to throw 96, 97, and its mostly on his breaking ball. We're going to send him back tonight, get him looked at, just to make sure [that] structurally he's OK."
Morales was acquired from the Red Sox in a May 19 trade with the Rockies. He had only pitched twice since coming on board, giving up two runs over three innings.
This is Bowden's ninth stint with the Red Sox since 2005. He had been up for two days earlier this month, but didn't pitch.
In 17 games for Pawtucket this season, all in relief, Bowden is 2-1 with a 4.15 ERA.