Micah Owings was placed on thee 15-day DL Friday. Bob Melvin indicated that
he is close to being ready, but that no chances would be taken with one of the
key pieces for the future of the Diamondbacks organization.
Dustin Nippert had been sent down to Triple-A to get more innings prior to
this move. Dana Eveland and Mike Schultz got the call from Tucson to
replace Owings and Nippert on the roster.
Schultz had allowed five runs in eight Triple-A relief innings, while Eveland
had given up just one run over two starts. Despite that success, Eveland
is not expected to start for Owings on Sunday, but rather to work long relief
and as a lefty specialist when Doug Slaten is not available.
Instead, Yusmeiro Petit, acquired in the Jorge Julio deal, should get the
start on Sunday. Petit went 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA in his two Tucson starts.
The need to recall Petit could mean a brief stint for Schultz, who threw a
scoreless inning in Friday's game against the Giants.
Still another move will need to be made before Thursday's game, when Randy Johnson will be recalled to make his major league debut.