"To name him the starter is hard to do, because we still have camp left," Hale said. "I'm not ready to do that. He's been very impressive. [Gammons] was assuming because of the way we were glowing about [Ahmed]."
The organization still likes what they have seen from
"We knew Owings, if he was healthy, was going to play somewhere," general manager Dave Stewart said. "We knew he was going to be a starter for us."
"It was good to get out there and play the game and not hesitate," Owings said after playing in a "B" game Thursday, per MLB.com. "Take full swings and get some ground balls. Slide at home. Those are all things that I've got to do for the first time, get it out of the way and then do it all over again tomorrow."
Owings is working his way back from offseason surgery on his left shoulder. He's made adjustments at the plate since suffering the injury, keeping both hands on the bat during his follow-through to reduce the stress on the left shoulder.
"I think that's a big adjustment putting it into games," Owings said. "I've been doing BP, but not thinking about it, I had one swing that was a slider away that I kind of wailed at a little bit. I think once I start doing that every time it'll be good."
"The biggest thing for me is to get back into game shape," Owings said.
The shortstop is slated to take part in a "B" game Thursday as he continues his rehab from offseason shoulder surgery.
Owings is progressing from offseason shoulder surgery and was able to take batting practice Friday. He hit .261/.300/.406 with six home runs, 26 RBI and eight stolen bases in 310 at-bats last season.
Owings is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, and has been limited early in camp. Manager Chip Hale said he was happy with Owings progress, and noted it was a big day for the infielder.
"Everything he's done has been right on time," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "We've slowed him down, because it's important that that swing is right. This was a huge day for him."
Owings will likely go through another round of BP before he's ready for game action. The team may also opt to give him at-bats in minor-league games before using him during actual spring training games.
The 23-year-old Owings hit .261/.300/.406 over 310 at-bats last season. He's expected to open the year as the team's starting shortstop.
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