Micah Owings was in Chase Field wearing red, but just about everything else was different. Owings finally joined Cincinnati on Friday after clearing waivers as the not-so-secret player to be named in the Adam Dunn trade on Aug. 11.
“I have been a little bit in limbo,” Owings said. “But I laid my head down at night knowing God was in control. I was at peace with it.”
Owings said he learned he was involved in the deal through media reports, admitting “that was kind of goofy,” but otherwise was not surprised at the way the trade went down.
“I didn’t think too much about it. They were in a pennant race, and they felt they had to make a move,” said Owings, who was 6-9 with a 5.93 ERA for the D-Backs, slumping after winning his first four starts.
“Dunn was one of the guys out there. I don’t ever get complacent.”
Owings spent the last month rehabbing the teres major muscle behind his right shoulder, an injury that he said could have affected his performance with the D-Backs.
“I won’t make excuses, but I’m not a guy to walk three to five batters a game, or hit two or three,” Owings said. “It was an issue. I don’t know the severity.”
The Reds insisted on Owings being included in the deal, manager Bob Melvin said.
JACKSON HAS MRI
Conor Jackson was given an MRI on Thursday after waking with continued soreness in his right shoulder.
“He felt it the last game in San Francisco,” Melvin said. “It bothered him more than he expected when he woke up (Thursday), and he came in for treatment.
“A throw? A swing? He’s not really sure how it happened.”
The severity of the injury and the amount of time Jackson might miss are unknown. Adam Dunn started in left field and Justin Upton in right Friday, and Chris Young batted third.
Jackson, hitting .294, is on an eight-game hitting streak. He has 12 homers and 72 RBIs, but has not homered in his last 153 at-bats.
THINKING OF HOME
Houston natives Chris Snyder and Chris Young kept in contact with family members as Hurricane Ike bore in on Galveston, Texas, about 45 miles from Houston.
Snyder said his parents put plywood over all the windows and stocked up on water, food and gas. They have a generator, purchased when Hurricane Rita struck in 2005.
“My mom said the only thing she is worried about is the cable going out,” Snyder said.
Young’s mother and stepfather are in Arizona this week, but his father and other relatives remain.
“So far, so good,” he said. “Hopefully.”
If there is a playoff game for the NL West title between the D-Backs and Los Angeles, it will be played at Dodger Stadium. Coin flips to determine sites for the most likely playoff scenarios were held Friday.
Randy Johnson threw off flat ground Thursday in preparation for his Saturday start after being scratched last Sunday because of shoulder inflammation. He has 294 career victories, with four scheduled starts remaining this season.