Diamondbacks infielder Chris Owings suffered a fractured middle finger when he was hit by a pitch during Sunday’s game against the Cardinals, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports. In the top of the second inning, with the bases loaded and two outs, Owings attempted to bunt the first pitch he saw from Lance Lynn, but the pitch ran in a bit too far and hit his right hand. Daniel Descalso pinch-hit for Owings and wound up drawing a walk, forcing in a run.
Owings will be placed on the disabled list. The Diamondbacks should provide a timetable for his return later tonight or tomorrow. He has been alternating between second base and shortstop, splitting time at those positions with Brandon Drury and Ketel Marte. Both should see increased playing time while Owings is out, but the Diamondbacks could also pursue a trade leading up to Monday’s non-waiver trade deadline. Ken Rosenthal, however, says that’s unlikely.
Entering Sunday’s game, Owings was batting .269/.300/.443 with 12 home runs, 51 RBI, 41 runs scored, and 12 stolen bases in 385 plate appearances.
The Mariners acquired Yankees’ right-hander Nick Rumbelow in exchange for minor league righty Juan Then and left-hander JP Sears, per an official announcement on Saturday. Rumbelow made 17 appearances for the Yankees in 2015 before undergoing Tommy John surgery and could provide some bullpen depth for the Mariners in 2018.
The 26-year-old right-hander spent the majority of his 2017 season in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he delivered an 0.62 ERA, 2.5 BB/9 and 9.3 SO/9 over 29 innings. The Yankees didn’t rush Rumbelow into a full workload after he missed the 2016 season recovering from Tommy John, but he didn’t appear to have any significant setbacks with his health or performance and should be ready to compete for a role next spring.
Sears, 21, was ranked 21st in the Mariners’ organization by MLB Pipeline. He was drafted in the 11th round of the 2017 draft and features a deceptive, low-velocity fastball that he can throw for strikes to either side of the plate. In his first year of pro ball, he split 17 games between Short-Season A Everett and Single-A Clinton, turning in an 0.65 ERA, 3.9 BB/9 and 16.6 SO/9 across two levels.
Then, 17, also completed his first year of pro ball after signing with the Mariners as a free agent. He went 2-2 in 13 games of rookie ball, pitching to a 2.64 ERA, 2.2 BB/9 and 8.2 SO/9 in 61 1/3 innings. Neither Sears nor Then will take the mound for the Yankees anytime soon, and offloading Rumbelow to the Mariners should clear up some room on New York’s 40-man roster as they prepare for the upcoming Rule 5 Draft.