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A’s release backup catcher Bowen

The A’s just announced that backup catcher Rob Bowen has been released, which means Landon Powell is likely to take over as Kurt Suzuki’s backup. The wheels had been in motion on this move for much of the spring, as Powell was getting lots of playing time and playing well offensively and defensively. GM Billy Beane stopped short of saying Powell was assured of a roster spot as the No. 2 backstop, but said the team has been very impressed with Powell this spring. “I think we felt that some of our other options have come quite a ways,” Beane said. “Kurt’s the incumbent. We’ve got some pretty good choices (for a backup) with Landon being the leading candidate.”

Bowen, one of the most outgoing and classiest guys in the clubhouse since he came over from the Cubs in the Jason Kendall trade of 2007, said he wasn’t shocked by the move. He added he appreciated the A’s making the call now and allowing him time to hook on w/another team.

Joe Stiglich