Owings will get chance to show his stuff
PHOENIX -- It sounds like D-backs shortsop prospect Chris Owings will get significant playing time the rest of September, though Willie Bloomquist was in the starting lineup on Wednesday against Toronto.
"We're going to use him," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "We've got to see what he can do. He's earned it, he's played well. I want to find out what he can do, for sure, I don't want him to just sit there."
Owings, who grounded out as a pinch-hitter in Wednesday's 4-3 win in 10 innings, was recently named the Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player in the Pacific Coast League, and he was selected for the Futures Game during the All-Star festivities.
In 125 games for Reno, Owings hit .330 with 31 doubles, eight triples, 12 homers and 81 RBIs.
The D-backs are hoping that maybe Owings or third baseman Matt Davidson, who was also called up on Tuesday, can spark an offense that has struggled lately. Davidson and Owings are the second- and third-ranked prospects, respectively, in the organization, according to MLB.com.
"Just the lineup, overall, we play a lot of the same guys and we haven't been successful, so why wouldn't I utilize some of the new guys who are up?" Gibson said.