Owings Reportedly Headed to Cincinnati

Right-hander Micah Owings will be one of the two other Arizona Diamondbacks to be sent to Cincinnati in the Monday trade for Adam Dunn, numerous media outlets in Arizona and Ohio reported Tuesday night.

Adam Dunn, 6-foot-6 and 275 pounds, was obtained to juice up a lineup that lost second baseman Orlando Hudson for the season on Saturday and also is expected to be without Eric Byrnes for the rest of the year. The move counters the Los Angeles Dodgers' acquisition of slugging left fielder Manny Ramirez on July 31. General manager Josh Byrnes admitted the deal was made to counteract Ramirez "to some degree. We needed to worry about ourselves. This is a very high-end player who has been dominant against right-handers."

The price for Dunn, however, may be higher than initially believed, if these reports that Micah Owings is included in the deal are true.  The D-backs announced minor league pitcher Dallas Buck as one of three players to go to the Reds when the deal was consummated Monday, but since the other two are on the 40-man roster, they must clear waivers before a deal can be finalized because the trade occurred after the July 31 non-waiver deadline.

Owings is considered unlikely to clear waivers, even though there were only three NL teams -- Washington, San Diego and San Francisco -- that had worse records than the Reds entering Tuesday's games. Whether he has been placed on waivers is unknown.

Waiver claims are awarded by inverse order of the standings, first in the player's league, then in the opposite league.

Owings won his first four starts with the D-backs but had fallen into a funk and was 6-9 with a 5.93 ERA when he was optioned to Class AAA Tucson on July 29. He is 0-0 with a 4.09 ERA in two appearances with Tucson, and he has been pulled from a scheduled start Wednesday because of shoulder soreness.

Owings, 25, was a steady contributor during the D-backs' run to the 2007 NL West title, going 8-8 with a 4.30 ERA in 27 starts while also winning the NL Silver Slugger award by hitting .333 with four homers and 15 RBIs.

Because of Major League Baseball's waiver rules, the finalization of the trade is not expected until after the regular season, when waiver rules no longer apply.

The other player headed to Cincinnati is also expected to be a pitcher.

DIAMONDBACKS 4, ROCKIES 2: Randy Johnson earned his 294th career win, limiting the Rockies to five hits and two runs in six innings while striking out seven. He also helped himself with a sixth-inning single, capping a two-run rally that broke a 2-2 tie. Chad Tracy had three hits, including a two-run homer in the second and a line-drive single off the scoreboard in right field. Adam Dunn had a double, two walks and two strikeouts while playing right field in his D-backs debut. He was acquired Monday from Cincinnati.

SNAKE BYTES

--OF Adam Dunn had a double, two walks and two strikeouts in his D-backs debut Tuesday, hitting cleanup and playing right field for the first time since 2003. "I didn't think I'd be as nervous as I was," Dunn said. "I swung at some pitches I probably shouldn't have. I took some pitches I probably should have swung at." Dunn will play right and hit cleanup again Wednesday. "He solidifies the middle of the order," manager Bob Melvin said. "Anytime the front office goes that extra yard (to obtain a premium player for the stretch), you definitely feel it."

--LHP Randy Johnson gave up five hits and struck out seven while allowing two runs against Colorado to get to victory No. 294, even though he said he felt a little crispy before the game. "I went into the game a little stiffer than normal, nothing alarming," Johnson said. "It took me a couple of innings to get going. After that, I was able to get into a groove. My slider got better, the location of my fastball." On regular rest, Johnson would have eight more starts in the regular season. "There's a little countdown going on for him," manager Bob Melvin said. "He's got the light at the end of the tunnel."

--2B Orlando Hudson had protective wires and sutures inserted in his left wrist during surgery to repair ligament damage Monday. He had a dislocated wrist bone repaired Saturday night, hours after suffering his season-ending injury in a game against Atlanta. "I know Dr. (Don) Sheridan was happy with the surgery," manager Bob Melvin said, adding that Hudson's rehab time remains about three months.

--1B/3B Jamie D'Antona was optioned to Triple-A Tucson to make room on the roster for OF Adam Dunn. D'Antona was 2-for-11 with two walks, making 10 pinch-hit appearances and starting once at first base. "Now he knows he can play at the big-league level," manager Bob Melvin said.

--OF Conor Jackson became the regular in left field in July, after Eric Byrnes (left hamstring) was ruled out for several months, and is likely to remain there despite the acquisition of Adam Dunn, who has played left field most of his major league career in Cincinnati. "Conor has been real comfortable out there. He does a credible job. I'd like to keep him out there," manager Bob Melvin said.

--SS Stephen Drew has a 14-game hitting streak and has hit safely in 26 of his 28 games since his last off day, July 9th. He is hitting .348 during the streak and is hitting .304 with four homers and 20 RBI in the leadoff spot.

--Amid slight speculation that 3B Mark Reynolds could play some second base when OF Justin Upton returns to a roster that now includes OF/1B Adam Dunn, manager Bob Melvin took Reynolds aside Monday and told him, "You're our third baseman. Don't worry about second base."

--OF Justin Upton went 1-for-3 with a single and a fielding error in right field in rehab game for Class AAA Tucson on Tuesday after going 2-for-5 with two singles in his first rehab game Monday. Upton is expected to get at least a week's worth of at-bats before rejoining the D-backs.

--LHP Doug Slaten struck out the side in his fourth rehab appearance for Class AAA Tucson on Monday and will be activated Wednesday. "We wanted to make sure he was sharp. He struck out the side -- I would consider that sharp," manager Bob Melvin said.

BY THE NUMBERS: 147 -- Strikeouts this season by 3B Mark Reynolds, who set a franchise record with two Sunday. Troy Glaus struck out 145 times in 2005.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "It's a blow. You have to get past it. You feel for 'O.' It's very disappointing for him and us." -- D-backs manager Bob Melvin on the season-ending wrist injury to 2B Orlando Hudson.


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