TUCSON, Ariz. -- Micah Owings thought his command was fine in his outing Monday against the Giants. And it was, but not until after the first couple of innings. The right-hander walked four and threw a wild pitch while allowing four runs in 5 1/3 innings. This spring he is 0-2 with a 9.77 ERA and has walked 13 in 15 2/3 innings.
"I felt good," Owings said. "Corrected a few things from early on and felt like I got in a good groove there." Owings walked a pair of batters in the first inning, one in the second and one in the third. "I look at it as a good thing in the sense that he started out a little rough in his last two starts with his command and has improved over the course of the game," pitching coach Bryan Price said. "I think there's still some room to tighten up the delivery a little bit and also control the effort level. I think he just comes in blowing and going, and I think it's almost like a reliever's mentality. As a starter, he's got to settle in better early and not show so much effort in the delivery."
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.