Phillies Release John Bowker

The Phillies released outfielder John Bowker to allow him to pursue an opportunity in Japan, according to a press release.  The team's 40-man roster count now stands at 39.

Bowker, 28, was acquired by the Phillies from the Pirates in August.  The former third-round pick hit .306/.348/.482 in 451 Triple-A plate appearances last year, his fourth extended stint at the level.

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