Owings takes live batting practice for first time this spring

Owings takes live batting practice for first time this spring

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- D-backs infielder Chris Owings took live batting practice Friday for the first time this spring.

Owings, who is recovering from offseason surgery on his left shoulder, hit off pitchers Matt Reynolds and Blake Beavan.

Owings has been hitting in the batting cage, but the team has been cautious about his progress to protect against his swing getting out of sync while trying to protect the shoulder.

"Everything he's done has been right on time," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "We've slowed him down, because it's important that that swing is right. This was a huge day for him."

Before getting into a Cactus League game it is likely he will take another session of live batting practice and may get some at-bats in a Minor League game as well.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.