Reds GM says "there's not a lot of interest" in Micah Owings

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Cincinnati has until August 26 to trade or release Micah Owings after designating him for assignment last week, but general manager Walt Jocketty said yesterday that “there’s not a lot of interest” in the 27-year-old right-hander.
John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer writes that Owings being “arbitration-eligible next year and represented by Scott Boras … scares teams off” and that may be true, but I’m guessing ERAs of 5.93, 5.34, and 5.40 over the past three seasons is probably the bigger issue.
If the Reds end up releasing him I’m sure Owings can find a minor-league deal somewhere and try to work his way back to the majors, but he’s been so ineffective for so long now as a pitcher and has such an intriguing (and albeit limited) track record as a hitter that I can’t help but think he’d be better off making the transition to full-time position player.

Yusmeiro Petit pitched shortly after his mother passed away on Monday

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Athletics reliever Yusmeiro Petit found out his mother passed away on Monday prior to his team’s game against the Rangers, Martin Gallegos of The Mercury News reports. Petit decided to pitch anyway, turning 1 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball, limiting the Rangers to just one hit.

Manager Bob Melvin said, “I was amazed. Didn’t expect it.”

It’s admirable — though certainly not expected — when a player pitches shortly after suffering a personal loss. Some people like adhering to their routine while grieving.

Petit was added to the bereavement list on Tuesday. He will spend some time away from the team for the funeral. We send our heartfelt condolences to the Petit family.