Owings hopes to make Reds’ roster with pitching, hitting

Published 2:33 am Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Reds pitcher Micah Owings, hampered by a shoulder strain after he was acquired from Arizona last season in the Adam Dunn trade, is hoping his pinch-hitting skills and now pain-free delivery will secure him a roster spot.

Manager Dusty Baker said Monday that Owings has looked sharp in recent throwing sessions. Owings says he’s healthy and able to throw hard.

The righthander, who was 8-8 with a 4.30 ERA in 2007 but slipped to 6-9 with a 5.93 ERA last year, is a candidate for the fifth spot in Cincinnati’s rotation.

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Owings didn’t make any appearances for the Reds last season because of the bad shoulder. But as a pinch-hitter, the career .319 hitter doubled in the deciding run for Cincinnati in a September win over the Diamondbacks.