From the official Twitter account of the Arizona Diamondbacks …
Pollock missed three months with a fractured right hand that required surgery. He is in the Diamondbacks’ lineup for the first time since May 31 on Tuesday night against the Reds. The 26-year-old center fielder was batting .216/.366/.554 with six home runs and eight stolen bases in 52 games before suffering the injury.
Owings missed over two months with a dislocated left shoulder. He is not in Arizona’s starting lineup on Tuesday but should return Wednesday. The shortstop was batting .277/.313/.458 with six homers and seven steals in 72 games and might have won 2014 NL Rookie of the Year honors had his health cooperated.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Astros and outfielder Michael Brantley are closing in on an agreement for a two-year contract in the $32 million range.
Brantley, 31, played a mostly full season last year for the first time since 2015. He hit .309/.364/.468 with 17 home runs, 76 RBI, 89 runs scored, and 12 stolen bases in 631 plate appearances. He made the AL All-Star squad for the third time in his career.
Brantley’s health, though, is why he had to settle for a two-year deal as opposed to a longer contract for a player of his caliber. He will take over in left field. In the event Brantley succumbs to injury woes, the Astros have top prospect Kyle Tucker waiting in the wings.
Update: According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, who also reports that the deal is in place, the Astros plan to rotate Brantley between left field, first base, and DH. That opens up some more playing time for Tucker.