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 CHICAGO (AP) -Catcher Rob Bowen, acquired in a trade from San Diego last month for Michael Barrett, was designated for assignment Monday by the Chicago Cubs.
Bowen came to the Cubs along with minor league outfielder Kyler Burke in a trade on June 20 that sent Barrett to the Padres. But Bowen batted just .065 (2-for-31) with two RBIs in 10 games for Chicago. He has a .212 average in 40 games overall with the Padres and Cubs.
The Cubs also agreed to pay $1.5 million of the $2.47 million that was left on Barrett's contract at the time of the deal.
Bowen's departure leaves Geovany Soto and Koyie Hill as Chicago's catchers.
The Cubs also recalled right-hander Billy Petrick from Triple-A Iowa. It will be the 23-year-old reliever's third stint with Chicago. In four relief appearances with the Cubs this season he is 0-0 with a 3.18 ERA.
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