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 Athletics appear to be closing in on a deal for Mets’ right-hander Jeurys Familia, according to reports from ESPN’s Buster Olney. Nothing has been finalized just yet, however, as the Mets confirmed that they would not be announcing a trade tonight and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic points out that other teams may still be in the mix for Familia’s services. It’s not clear what the A’s would be giving up in any potential deal for the reliever.
Familia, 28, has been pitching well this season. He currently sports a 2.88 ERA, 3.1 BB/9 and 9.5 SO/9 through 40 2/3 innings — across-the-board improvements from his last run with the Mets in 2017 — and has racked up 17 saves to boot. He’s due another $3 million for the remainder of 2018, and Rosenthal adds that the club is willing to throw some cash in the deal in order to guarantee a better return for the closer.
While the A’s have one of the better bullpens in the American League, sitting seventh-best with a 3.50 ERA and 2.8 fWAR, they still have a ways to go in order to overtake the Mariners and Astros for a postseason berth by season’s end. Familia’s contract expires at the end of the year, but he should provide enough short-term value to give the A’s the boost they need.