Rockies Demote Cedrick Bowers

The Colorado Rockies announced this afternoon that left-handed pitcher Cedrick Bowers has been optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs. To take his place on the roster, RHP Ryan Speier was recalled from Triple-A. Speier (#23) will be in uniform for tonight’s game vs. the New York Mets. Additionally, Josh Newman has been claimed off outright waivers by the Kansas City Royals.

Speier, 28, is 1-1 with a 4.13 ERA (28.1 ip, 13 er) in 25 games for the Rockies this season. He has appeared in 67 games for the Rockies since his major league debut in 2005. He made 20 appearances for the club in 2007, finishing 3-1 with a 4.00 ERA (18.0 ip, 8 er). All three of his wins last season were recorded during the Rockies’ streak of 14 wins in 15 games to close out the regular season.

Bowers, 30, logged a 13.50 ERA (6.2 ip, 10 er) in 5 games with the Rockies this season. He signed a minor league contract with the Rockies on January 25 and made his first appearance for the Sky Sox on May 1. In 16 games/2 starts with Colorado Springs this season he is 4-1 with a 2.97 ERA (39.1 ip, 13 er).

Newman, 25, was designated for assignment on July 8. He went 1-1 with one save and a 2.45 ERA (22.0 ip, 6 er) in 20 games with Colorado Springs. He has a 9.35 ERA (8.2 ip, 9 er) and no decisions with the major league team this season. The left-hander will report to Triple-A Omaha.