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03/12/10 9:43 PM EST

Bowa released from hospital

Doctors think LA coach is dealing with 24-hour bug

PHOENIX -- Dodgers coach Larry Bowa was released from Banner Estrella Hospital on Friday evening after tests indicated the abdominal pains that had landed him in the emergency room were due to a 24-hour bug.

CAT scans taken of Bowa's stomach showed no abnormalities. The 64-year-old third-base coach was sent home and told to rest.

Bowa had to leave Friday afternoon's exhibition game at Camelback Ranch with what was described alternately as feeling "stomach cramps" and "abdominal pain."

The Dodgers' team physician, Kenneth Landis, accompanied Bowa to the hospital and oversaw the examinations.

Interim manager Don Mattingly hadn't thought of the situation as serious, commenting that Bowa "felt pain during the whole game" before finally leaving.

"He's probably just trying to get out of the Tucson trip," Mattingly joked following the Dodgers' 3-2 loss to the Reds, referring to the team's 120-mile bus trip for Saturday's game against the D-backs.

Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Change for a Nickel. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.