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Finger surgery lands Owings on 60-day DL

D-backs utility man broke middle digit on right hand on bunt attempt Sunday
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ST. LOUIS -- This 10-game road trip through St. Louis, Chicago and San Francisco is only four games old, but already the D-backs have been left bruised, beat up and frustrated.

On the field, offensive struggles with runners in scoring position once again hurt the D-backs as they dropped Sunday's series finale with the Cardinals, 3-2. They lost the second game of the series, 1-0, to split with a team they probably could have swept.

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ST. LOUIS -- This 10-game road trip through St. Louis, Chicago and San Francisco is only four games old, but already the D-backs have been left bruised, beat up and frustrated.

On the field, offensive struggles with runners in scoring position once again hurt the D-backs as they dropped Sunday's series finale with the Cardinals, 3-2. They lost the second game of the series, 1-0, to split with a team they probably could have swept.

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"We have had a lot of opportunities over the course of this, and we're one hit away," catcher Chris Iannetta said.

More concerning going forward for the D-backs is the pair of injuries they suffered.

First, Robbie Ray was hit in the head by a line drive Friday and is currently going through Major League Baseball's concussion protocol with an uncertain return date.

Then on Sunday, Chris Owings joined the list of injured players when he was hit in the right hand while attempting to bunt in the second inning. X-rays showed that Owings had a fracture of his middle finger, and before the game was over, he was already headed back to Phoenix to see hand specialist Don Sheridan.

On Monday, Owings was placed on the 60-day disabled list and was scheduled to have surgery performed on his hand by Dr. Sheridan. Utility man Adam Rosales, whom Arizona acquired via trade on Monday, took Owings' roster spot.

D-backs general manager Mike Hazen said the typical recovery time would be eight weeks, which would be right around the Sept. 29 date that Owings would be eligible to come off the DL.

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"It's tough," Iannetta said. "This has been a tough road trip, a tough series. We've already lost two guys for varying times, whatever they may be. You've got to take that next-man-up mentality. That's the only way we can do it. There's no quit in this team. It's just the way it is."

Fortunately, Ray appears to have avoided serious injury outside of the concussion and three staples in his head. It's not certain when he will return, but it doesn't appear that it will be a prolonged absence.

As for Owings, putting aside the contributions has made on the field while playing short, second and right field this season, he is someone who sets the tone for the team with his all-out hustle and leadership in the clubhouse.

"That hurts," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. "This group has been tough all year long, they're resilient, we are prepared for these moments, we talked about these moments. No team has perfect seasons where everyone is healthy from start to finish. It's time for guys to step up and pick up C.O."

Injuries have dogged the D-backs all year long.

Starter Shelby Miller was lost for the season after having Tommy John surgery, while outfielders A.J. Pollock and Yasmany Tomas have missed significant time. Right-handed swing man Randall Delgado recently went down with an elbow issue and shortstop Nick Ahmed has been on the DL with a fractured hand for more than a month.

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

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