Cubs send out Raley, but only for a few days

CHICAGO -- With the appearances piling up for Chicago Cubs relievers Shawn Camp and James Russell, the Cubs took a starting pitcher off of the roster in order to get some bullpen help.

Left-hander Brooks Raley was optioned back to Triple-A Iowa while right-hander Michael Bowden had his contract selected.

Since the Cubs will need Raley again to start one of the games in Saturday’s day-night doubleheader at Cincinnati, he is expected to be recalled then. Starting this season, teams can have a 26-man roster for doubleheaders and Raley is expected to be that addition with a reliever expected to be sent back down before Sunday’s game.

Camp made his major-league leading 58th appearance in Sunday’s game against the Reds. Russell is tied for third in all of baseball with 56 appearances.

“Their appearances have been full innings too,” manager Dale Sveum. “It’s not a situation where they come in for one hitter for the most part. They’ve gotten their three outs all year long in those appearances. We really have to be careful with them pitching when we’re behind in games and stuff like that now.”

Among relievers, Camp is sixth in the National league with 58 innnings, while Russell is tied for 13th with 52 2/3 innings.

Bowden, who was acquired from the Red Sox on April 21 for Marlon Byrd, is making his second big league appearance with the Cubs this season. He had a 6.39 ERA in 12 major league appearances with the Red Sox and Cubs earlier this season.

He was much improved at Triple-A Iowa, though, posting a 2.76 ERA in 23 relief appearances. The Aurora, Ill., native did not allow a run in his four August appearances, limiting opponents to a .043 batting average over 7 1/3 innings.

To get Bowden back on the 40-man roster, Ian Stewart was placed on the 60-day disabled list. Stewart had surgery on his left wrist July 10 and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.