Owings attempting return as position player

Owings attempting return as position player

Owings attempting return as position player
SAN DIEGO -- For the longest time, Micah Owings was known as a pitcher who happened to be a pretty good hitter.

Beginning Monday, Owings is going to try something different.

"I'll be a position player who can also pitch," Owings said Saturday.

Owings isn't entirely giving up pitching, but still saddled with a strained right forearm that landed him on the disabled list on April 26, he's decided to take a stab at being an everyday position player.

"It's a new adventure, a new challenge," Owings said. "I'm excited."

Owings will join the Padres' Arizona League affiliate on Monday for the first of three games before he heads to Triple-A Tucson where he hopes to play first base, left field and serve as a designated hitter.

"The forearm injury hasn't allowed him to get on the mound, but instead of waiting for it to heal, he wants to see what it's like to be a position player," said Padres manager Bud Black. "He's highly motivated to do this."

The 29-year-old Owings, who signed a one-year deal worth $1 million in the offseason, is a career .283 hitter in 219 plate appearances over six Major League seasons. He has nine home runs and 35 RBIs.

Owings was 0-2 with a 2.79 ERA in six appearances for the Padres earlier this season before landing on the disabled list.

There's no timetable as to when or if Owings will resume pitching this season. That will be dictated by how his forearm recovers.