Ziegler, Owings team up for live BP in injury rehab

Ziegler, Owings team up for live BP in injury rehab

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- D-backs pitcher Brad Ziegler and shortstop Chris Owings took steps forward in their respective recoveries from injury on Wednesday.

Ziegler threw live batting practice to Owings and Minor League outfielder Socrates Brito. It was the first time that Ziegler, who is recovering from microfracture surgery on his left knee, had faced hitters. It was also the first time this spring that Owings, who is recovering from surgery on his left shoulder, had faced live pitching.

Both came away feeling good about the session.

"I thought it went well," Ziegler said. "Biggest thing for me is having no pain in the knee and I didn't hurt anybody."

Ziegler still has work to do before he is ready to appear in a game. He has yet to work on covering first base, which sounds simple, but the acceleration and deceleration required to do it puts a lot of stress on his knee.

Once he clears that hurdle, he should be ready to appear in a game. There is still hope that he could be ready in time for Opening Day.

Owings, meanwhile, did not experience any discomfort in his shoulder and will play in a "B" game Thursday morning against the Reds.

"The biggest thing for me is to get back into game shape," Owings said.

• In other injury news, closer Addison Reed threw off a mound for the first time this spring. He had been set back at the start of camp with soreness in his right shoulder.

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.