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Monday, September 29, 2014

Diamondbacks Injury Update: Paul Goldschmidt, Chris Owings


By on 9/29/2014 06:00:00 PM

Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt took batting practice on Saturday for the first time since fracturing his hand, reports Steve Gilbert of MLB.com. Adam Lichtenstein of MLB.com adds that shortstop Chris Owings was still bothered by soreness in his left shoulder over the final weekend of the season:




Goldschmidt fractured his hand after being hit by a pitch on August 1. He was able to take batting practice on Saturday and hit from the cage on Sunday without any pain and will likely hit again after Thanksgiving.

The 27-year-old has established himself as one of the top hitters in the National League. Goldschmidt posted a .300/.396/.542 line in 109 games before the injury.

Owings originally injured the shoulder diving headfirst into home on June 20 and was still bothered by the injury over three months late. After getting off to a nice start, Owings has struggled since retiring from the disabled list on September 2.

Overall, the 23-year old rookie posted 1.8 WAR in 91 games.

Arizona finished 2014 with the worst record in the majors and will undergo a complete overhaul in the offseason. If the Diamondbacks are to bounce back soon, Goldschmidt and Owings will have to be big reasons why.  

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