Owings hopes to return if D-backs advance

Owings hopes to return if D-backs advance

PHOENIX -- Shortstop Chris Owings continues to play in instructional league games, hoping to be ready to play if the D-backs advance to the National League Championship Series presented by Camping World.

Owings has been out with a fractured finger on his right hand since July 30.

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Outfielder Yasmany Tomas, who has been out since June 6 with a core injury, also has seen some action.

"We want to maximize all of our chances for roster construction," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. "I don't think Yasmany is going to be available for that. I think he's just testing himself to find out where he's at baseball-wise. [Owings] is a legitimate candidate to be on the roster for the next round, and we're asking him to step up in that environment and do everything he possibly can to get ready as fast as he possibly can."

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Usual lineup

Against Dodgers right-hander Yu Darvish, Lovullo went with the lineup he used down the stretch against righties.

That meant Daniel Descalso at second base instead of Brandon Drury and shortstop Ketel Marte in the No. 2 spot instead of eighth.

"Marte's been having a tremendous postseason," Lovullo said. "He's been swinging the bat right-handed as well as he has left-handed. He's a special player."

Getting back to basics

The D-backs have an 8.28 ERA through the first two games of the National League Division Series presented by T-Mobile, and scheduled Game 4 starter Patrick Corbin thinks it's a matter of getting away from the successful formula they used all season.

"I think all the pitchers just have to go out there and kind of get back to what we're good at," Corbin said. "And I think maybe we've shied away from that a little bit as a staff. Just get back to our strengths -- attack these hitters and let the defense play behind us."

Three straight Wild Card Games

Trailing 0-2 in a best-of-five series the D-backs know that Game 3 is just like the NL Wild Card Game was -- win or go home.

And it's the same if they should get to Game 4 or Game 5.

Lovullo, though, thinks his team is up for the challenge.

"We are pressure junkies," Lovullo said. "That's how we're raised in this game. We like to have this type of a feel where you've got to perform. So these guys are prepared for that and I think they'll enjoy it."

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.