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Bowers has busy week with Athletics

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By Steve Waters

Well, that didn’t last long.

Chiefland High School graduate and Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Cedrick Bowers was demoted to Triple A last week to make room for starter Dallas Braden.

But last Sunday, only a few days after he was shipped down, he was recalled to the A’s roster and sent back to the bullpen.

Bowers was called back up because Oakland placed starting pitcher Ben Sheets on the disabled list with a strained right elbow.

Bowers reported to Sacramento to work on his approach against left-handed hitters.

“He threw the ball well,” Athletics manager Bob Geren told MLB.com last week. “He showed some power with his curveball, his fastball command was decent, and I think he’ll go down and work to try to get lefties out. He did a fine job against righties, and it’d be nice to see him do equally well against both.”

In his most recent time in the majors, Bowers had a 4.50 ERA in 12 appearances. Including an appearance earlier in the season, Bowers is 0-1 with a 4.85 ERA and .231 opponents batting average in 13 games in the majors. He has given up four home runs.

Braden was out for more than three weeks with elbow tendinitis. Braden’s last win was a perfect game on May 9 against the Tampa Bay Rays.