The Arizona Diamondbacks reinstated INF/OF Chris Owings from the 15-day disabled list (plantar fasciitis in left foot) and placed INF Nick Ahmed on the 15-day disabled list (right hip impingement), as announced by D-backs Sr. Vice President & General Manager Dave Stewart. Owings, 24, has hit .285 (51-for-179) with 10 doubles, 4 triples, 2 home runs and 18 RBI in 54 games for the D-backs this season. He went 11-for-18 (.611) with a double, a triple, a home run, 6 RBI and 3 walks in 5 rehab games with Reno. Ahmed, 26, is hitting .218 (62-for-284) with 9 doubles, 1 triple, 4 homers and 20 RBI in 90 games with Arizona this season.
Chris's last game for the Diamondbacks had been June 5. I guess we probably shouldn't technically refer to him as an infielder these days, since 43 of his 50 starts for Arizona this season had come in CF, where he had been pressed into service due to the absence of A.J. Pollock. With Michael Bourn now available, it seems more likely that Owings will return to the shortstop position, at least initially - rumblings suggest Bourn may be one of the players traded by the D-backs in the lead-up to the trade deadline. But for right now, going by today's line-up, it looks like Owings will be the everyday shortstop.
Ahmed had been experiencing some issues with his hip for a while, but has been fighting through it - he has appeared in 90 of the D-backs' 96 games this season, fourth-most on the roster behind Paul Goldschmidt (94), Jake Lamb (92) and Jean Segura (91). Nick did miss a couple of games at the start of July, and it seems the problem has continued to give him problems, to the point where the team felt if was preferable to shut Ahmed down for a while. In the other direction,.this is kinda interesting: Owings appears to have taken some action to help avoid the plantar fasciitis from returning:
Owings trying a new rubber cleat after wearing metal all his life. Hopes to prevent plantar fasciitis from returning pic.twitter.com/ZJdPZGGWxZ— Jody Jackson (@Jody_Jackson) July 23, 2016