Fowler Returns, Bowman Optioned

The St. Louis Cardinals have announced three roster moves this afternoon, beginning with Dexter Fowler being activated from the paternity list.

Out of action the last three games, Fowler and his wife, Aliya welcomed their second child, Ivy Noor Fowler, on July 3rd.

Outfielder Tyler O’Neill, who replaced Fowler on the active roster, has been moved to the 10-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain. O’Neill made one start and had two pinch-hit appearances (1-for-6 with a single and two runs scored) in the three games he was active.

Additionally, the Cardinals activated reliever Matt Bowman (blisters, right fingers) from the disabled list, but optioned the 27-year old right-hander to Memphis (AAA). Bowman had just completed a 3-game rehab assignment with the Redbirds, allowing 1 run and 3 hits in 3.0 innings with 5 strikeouts.

Since being chosen as a Rule 5 pick in 2015, Bowman has never pitched in the Cardinals minor league system other than during his two rehab stints this season. Only six MLB pitchers made more than his 75 appearances last season.

While he back on the active roster, Fowler is not in the starting lineup for tonight’s game in San Francisco…

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