While batting third, Owings went 2-3 and stole two bases. He is still at least a week from returning, but it was a positive sign to see the star rookie back on the field.
In his place, Didi Gregorius, has seen a majority of the playing time at shortstop. While Gregorius has an impressive start to his rookie campaign last season, he has struggled to consistently hit major league pitching. He is currently batting just .220 with four home runs through his first 48 games this year.
Owings climbed up the organizational ladder last season by hitting .330 with 12 home runs and 81 RBIs in AAA last season. This year through his first 71 games, he batted .277 with six home runs and was viewed as one of the best, young rookie infielders in the game.
The season is lost for Arizona so Owings will not be rushed, but his finish will give them a good look into the future. He is expected to be a catalyst at the top of the Diamondbacks order for years to come.
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