Owings returns to action in first game since shoulder surgery

D-backs shortstop adjusts swing after injury

Owings returns to action in first game since shoulder surgery

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- D-backs shortstop Chris Owings got his first taste of game action Thursday as he played in a "B" game on a back field at Salt River Fields.

Owings, who is recovering from offseason surgery on his left shoulder, got some chances on defense, four trips to the plate and even had to slide at home plate, which is how he injured his shoulder last year.

"It was good to get out there and play the game and not hesitate," Owings said. "Take full swings and get some ground balls. Slide at home. Those are all things that I've got to do for the first time, get it out of the way and then do it all over again tomorrow."

Owings has adjusted his mechanics at the plate since the injury. Rather than finishing with one hand on the bat, he now keeps both hands on the bat to reduce the stress placed on his left shoulder.

"I think that's a big adjustment putting it into games," Owings said. "I've been doing BP, but not thinking about it, I had one swing that was a slider away that I kind of wailed at a little bit. I think once I start doing that every time it'll be good."

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.