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Notes: Players stunned by Bowen trade

Notes: Players stunned by Bowen trade

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SAN DIEGO -- Several Padres were shocked Tuesday night when they heard their former teammate, Rob Bowen, was traded to the Chicago Cubs for catcher Michael Barrett. Bowen's locker, which was filled with his things just hours ago, is now vacant except for a few plastic hangers.

"I found out last night," starting pitcher Chris Young said. "I had the opportunity to say my good-byes. I gave him a hug, [we] talked for a couple minutes. I think he was a little shocked, as you always are. It's happened to me three times. You can never prepare for it, but I'm sure today he's meeting his new teammates and getting accustomed to things. He'll realize he's in a great situation and will make the most of it.

"Bowen was a great teammate, great leader and great catcher behind the plate. We are going to miss him."

Fellow pitcher Jake Peavy was sad to see his friend go.

"Rob played a great role on this team the last couple of years as a late-inning replacement and in crunch time as well," Peavy said. "He's a great catcher. You hate to see your friends go, but at the same time, it's a great opportunity in Chicago for him. I'm sorry to see him go as a friend."

Bowen, who made his Major League debut in 2003 with the Minnesota Twins, is batting .268 with two home runs, 11 RBIs and 12 runs.

Bowen was with the Padres for two years and made several friends in the clubhouse, including reliever Kevin Cameron. The right-hander, whose locker is now right next to Barrett's, was in disbelief when he heard of Bowen's departure.

"Cla Meredith told me," Cameron said. "At first, I thought he was joking until he said it about three different times and I was like, 'Are you serious?' I was pretty shocked. It always stinks when a friend has to take a different direction."

Although several were stunned, they all believe this is a good move for Bowen, who will most likely get more playing time with the Cubs.

"From what I understand, he's going to get a chance to catch every day," Cameron said. "So it'll be good for him, but we're just sad to see him go."

Meredith said Bowen looked in good spirits when he said good-bye to him last night and was "as excited as you can be about the opportunity. I'm sure he was a little bit shocked. I'm certainly going to miss him."

Bowen, was "one of my guys that was single like myself and I could run around with him, had a good time with him," Meredith said. "But I'm excited for him and the opportunity he has in Chicago."

Executive vice president/general manger Kevin Towers said he thinks Bowen will be utilized to his full potential with the Cubs.

"He'll do a lot more catching than he was doing here in San Diego," Bowen said. "It presents a great opportunity for him. Hopefully, he'll take advantage of it."

Barrett, in the meantime, makes his new home in the clubhouse next to a pitcher he's quite familiar with: Greg Maddux.

Giles, Kouzmanoff update: Third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff is making strides with his ailing lower back and right fielder Brian Giles is on the home stretch to getting off the disabled list after a bruised bone to his right knee said Padres manager Bud Black.

"[Kouzmanoff] just got done with extra batting practice and fielding work," Black said. "He's very close to playing. He picked up the intensity a great deal today. He'll be available to play tonight to hit," Black said.

As for Giles, he ran the bases today, hit and did some more agility work for his knee, Black said, to get himself back on track.

"He's gaining quite quickly," Black said.

Giles will be sent on a rehab assignment with one of the Padres Minor League teams.

Red Sox tickets to go on sale: On Friday, 1,000 individual tickets will go on sale for this weekend's Padres-Red Sox series. Fans can only purchase them through Padres.com starting at 9 a.m. PT on Friday. The series takes place Friday through Sunday at PETCO Park. Most of the tickets will be for Sunday's day game. Fans are limited to four tickets per transaction.

Padres host annual Negro Leagues event: The Padres will hold their "Salute to the Negro Leagues" for the fourth year. Several activities and displays will be available for fans' enjoyment and education. A traveling display, courtesy of the Negro League Baseball Museum, will be in PETCO Park and should be a main attraction for fans attending games this week. All activities will take place until Sunday, with some at PETCO Park and others taking place in nearby libraries.

On deck: The Padres finish a three-game series against the Orioles on Thursday at 12:35 p.m. at PETCO Park. David wells (3-4, 4.86 ERA) gets the start for San Diego. The Orioles will counter with Erik Bedard (4-4, 3.64 ERA).

Elizabeth M. Botello is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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