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Bowden was in Viera, Fla., last week for the start of the rookie Gulf Coast League season and said he was encouraged by what he saw from injured closer Chad Cordero.

Cordero, who has missed most of the season with a torn muscle in the back of his right shoulder, has been throwing off a mound without pain. He also apparently has lost some weight, and Bowden said he could be back after the All-Star break.

“He’s probably in the best shape he’s been in, I think, in his career,” Bowden said. “And mechanically, he looked very sound.”