The winningest pitcher for the Portland Sea Dogs has finally left town. Left-hander Henry Owens was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket Friday.
Owens, 22, was scheduled to pitch again at Hadlock on Sunday, will instead make his Triple-A debut Monday night at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
Another Sea Dogs pitcher, Michael McCarthy, was also sent to Pawtucket, although it is not known whether he is going to stay in Pawtucket or is filling in.
Owens was 14-4 with Portland, the first pitcher in Sea Dogs history to win 14 games. He had an ERA of 2.60 and 126 strikeouts in 121 innings
Owens began this season with a no-hitter on opening day, in a game shorted to six innings because of rain. He has been dominating all year and his promotion has been speculated for months.
Recently, the Sea Dogs added two pitchers, Justin Haley from Class A Salem, and Eduardo Rodriguez, obtained in a trade with the Baltimore Orioles.
The Red Sox traded away three pitchers on Thursday – Jon Lester, John Lackey and Andrew Miller. Pitchers from Pawtucket have been called up to fill their places, including former Sea Dogs starter Anthony Ranaudo, who will make his major league debut Friday night at Fenway Park.