Owens said the inability to play in games hasn't hurt, because he's been doing things with hitting coach Greg Walker. Walker has been trying to simplify Owens' approach at the plate.Walker's also trying to remind the speedy Owens of the kind of hitter he needs to be. He's not the power hitter that Paul Konerko, Jermaine Dye and Jim Thome are. Owens doesn't need to be that kind of hitter in order to thrive in the big leagues. Still, the temptation is there for him. "I wanna get out there and hit some [homers] myself," he said. "But, you know, that's not helping my game or helping our team at all." What is helping is getting Owens back into the swing of it all. That happened on Tuesday for Owens, who singled in three at-bats. "It's always nice to get out there and play again," he said.
Justice B. Hill is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.