Redding Gets Chance After Bowie's Injury

By Barry Svrluga
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, July 3, 2007

The Washington Nationals, already beset by a medical journal's-worth of injuries to their pitching staff, yesterday placed left-hander Micah Bowie on the disabled list with an injured hip, forcing them to call up veteran right-hander Tim Redding from Class AAA Columbus in time for tonight's game against the Chicago Cubs.

Bowie originally tweaked his left hip -- which has been diagnosed with "synovitis," or inflammation -- on May 1 in San Diego while fielding a bunt. He said when he took a hard grounder off his shin in his most recent start against Atlanta last week, he planted his leg awkwardly and re-injured the hip.

"The inflammation hasn't gone away as fast as we would've liked," said Bowie, who was 4-1 with a 4.70 ERA in eight starts.

The move is retroactive to June 28, and Manager Manny Acta said the club expected Bowie would need just 15 days from that point. With the all-star break approaching next week, Bowie could be in line to make his first start after the break.

Still, between now and the end of this homestand -- four games against the Cubs and three against Milwaukee -- the Nationals will need two starts from someone else. The first will come from Redding, the 29-year-old who is 9-5 with a 5.32 ERA at Columbus.

The reason Redding got the call? "It's his day to pitch," General Manager Jim Bowden said.

Bowden would not say whether Redding, who hasn't pitched in the majors since 2005, would pitch the next time that slot comes up.

That game likely would be Sunday against the Brewers, the last game before the all-star break. He said Columbus Manager John Stearns, pitching coach Steve McCatty and farm director Bobby Williams were among those who recommended Redding, who is 3-1 with a 3.62 ERA over his last six starts, walking two and striking out 22.

Asked if he would have preferred to call up a true prospect such as lefty John Lannan -- who is 1-0 with a 0.77 ERA for Columbus -- Bowden said: "Tim Redding is the one that's called up. That's all that matters right now. That's who's getting the start."

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