06/27/08 8:56 PM ET
Owings exits game with leg injury
Right-hander hurt after making play at first base
By Alden Gonzalez / MLB.com
The 25-year-old right-hander was pulled with a man on first and nobody out in the fifth inning with an apparent injury to his right leg. The Marlins were leading, 3-1.
Owings hurt his leg while covering first base on a Mike Jacobs ground ball the inning before. With one out, Jacobs hit a short hop that bounced off first baseman Chad Tracy. Second baseman Orlando Hudson picked up the ball and threw it to Owings, who raced over to cover first. But in making the out, Owings stretched his right leg awkwardly and came up hobbled.
Manager Bob Melvin and a trainer came out to check on Owings, but they let him stay in the game without throwing any warmup pitches. The first hitter Owings faced after that, Cody Ross, hit a home run. Then catcher Matt Treanor lined out hard to third base. Owings opened the fifth by walking the opposing pitcher, Ricky Nolasco.
After Hanley Ramirez hit Owings' next offering more than 300 feet foul, the D-backs coaching staff was convinced the hurler wasn't healthy and took him out of the game.
Alden Gonzalez is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.