Owings still plagued by left shoulder soreness

Owings still plagued by left shoulder soreness

PHOENIX - Chris Owings' season is effectively over heading into the final two games on the D-backs' schedule.

The rookie shortstop, who missed more than two months with a left shoulder injury he sustained in June, was scratched from the lineup before Friday's 7-6 loss in 10 innings to the Cardinals due to soreness in that shoulder. On Saturday, acting manager Alan Trammell confirmed that Owings would be relegated to pinch-running duties at most in order to prevent the injury from worsening.

"The shoulder's still bothering him," Trammell said. "The concern is that there's [two] games to go and you don't want to do anything."

Owings said his shoulder hasn't been fully healthy since he sustained the injury diving headfirst into home against the Giants on June 20. Since he returned from the disabled list on Sept. 2, Owings has hit .208 (15-for-72) with a .493 on-base-plus-slugging percentage.

"It's been the same," Owings said. "It hasn't been 100 percent since it happened."

Owings won the shortstop job out of Spring Training, and in his first full Major League season, he posted a .261/.300/.406 slash line in 91 games.

Adam Lichtenstein is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.