Bowen finished that game in the infield and also played in the regional at Fayetteville.
"He's been getting therapy all week,'' Craffey said. "He'll have a bullpen session Wednesday and we'll see how it goes. He's had no pain. He played shortstop at Fayetteville and made some nice throws.''
Valley will go a week between games, not an optimal thing in the sport of baseball, but Craffey didn't want to schedule a regular-season tuneup game just for the sake of playing, not when he has at least three starters on the mend (third baseman John Riddle has been slowed by a hip flexor).
"When you take so much time off,'' Craffey said, "it's like anything else. You can look at it from two vantage points - are you wearing your guys down or are you giving them some needed rest after a season that's dragged?
"You're looking to play 30-some games, and we're still talking about high school kids. That wears on them sometimes. There are two ways of looking at that. From our standpoint, we talked about trying to get in a game [before the state tournament], but we thought two or three of our guys are nicked up and we thought we'd be better off working on some things from our vantage point.''
Craffey thinks there's no reason why the Greyhounds can't be lining up to play in the state title game on Saturday against the winner of the Magnolia-Notre Dame semifinal. All they need is seven more good innings.
"I'm happy to be one of the last four who's playing,'' Craffey said, "but let's not rest on being one of the last four. We want to be one of the last three teams to win their last game of the season.
"I hope and pray we don't get in a situation where we get there and freeze up. I do think we'll play well, and I'm sure Bill [Mehle] thinks his guys will play well, too.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.