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Canadian Adam Loewen returning to MLB as pitcher for first time since 2008

Adam Loewen's baseball career has come full circle.

The Surrey, B.C., native will be called up on Friday by the Philadelphia Phillies from their triple-A affiliate, marking his first time in Major League Baseball as a pitcher since 2008.

Phillies second baseman Chase Utley, who has been on the disabled list since June 23 with right ankle inflammation, will also be activated with Loewen. Dalier Hinojosa and Jordan Danks were sent to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs to make room on the roster.

Philadelphia signed Loewen to a minor league contract in April, 2014. In 40 games in the minors this season, Loewen is 2-3 with a 2.01 earned-runs average and 10 saves.

The 31-year-old was drafted fourth overall in the 2002 amateur MLB draft by the Baltimore Orioles and debuted with the team in 2006.

He would play three seasons with the Orioles before injuries forced him to try out as a positional player.

Loewen signed a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays as an outfielder in 2008. In 2011, the six-foot-six lefty played in 14 games for the Jays with one home run and four runs-batted in.

Loewen signed with the New York Mets on a minor-league deal in November, 2011 and received a spring training invitation. Two seasons later, he made his way back to the Blue Jays organization on another minor-league deal but elected for free agency at the end of the 2013 season.

The Canadian Press

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