After 44 at-bats, Conor Jackson isn’t worried about the numbers. Neither is Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin.

But the Diamondbacks first baseman hadn’t hit his own way past first base since the second game of the season, an extra-base hitting drought the young first baseman hadn’t gone through before.

He snapped it with two doubles against the Dodgers on Tuesday night, and though he’s hitting .227 with three doubles and four RBIs, the cool demeanor remains.

“Forty at-bats? I’m not pushing the panic button,” he said. “I don’t think anybody is here. You can’t really judge. It’s hard to get a grasp until at least 30 or 40 games in.

“There’s 500-600 at-bats over 162 games. In the long haul 40 at-bats is nothing.”

Melvin, however, saw a better batting practice session before Tuesday’s game and felt the confidence is starting to spread again in Jackson.

“We feel like he kind of turned the corner a little with his at-bats,” Melvin said.

Micah mending

Starting pitcher Micah Owings played catch on the field Wednesday and reported no problems with his hamstring.

Owings picked up his first career hit and RBI with a fourth-inning single in Tuesday’s loss to the Dodgers but pulled up lame while running the bases and was taken out.

“It’s one I’ll remember, that’s for sure,” he said.

He’s not sure if it was a right hamstring strain or a cramp but plans to pitch a bullpen session either today or Friday, and if all goes normal, keep his Sunday start against San Francisco.

“I definitely didn’t want to come out,” he said. “But looking back it was probably the right move.”

Scherzer to Texas

Max Scherzer remains the only unsigned player from the 2006 draft, but the right-handed pitcher and Diamondbacks first-round pick in 2006 has a temporary place to play.

Scherzer, picked No. 11 overall, signed with the independent Fort Worth Cats of the American Baseball Association on Wednesday. He’ll make his first start in an exhibition game May 2, then see his first regular season action May 17.

The Diamondbacks have until May 31 to sign Scherzer, who is represented by Scott Boras.

Scherzer isn’t the first to take this route.

After being the 15th overall pick in the 2004 draft, D-Backs shortstop Stephen Drew played 19 games in the Atlantic League before signing.

Luke Hochevar was the 40th pick for the Dodgers in 2005, was not signed before May 31, played for Fort Worth, then went No. 1 overall to Kansas City last June.


With Owings leaving Tuesday’s game in the fourth inning, it was the first time this season a Diamondbacks starter failed to go five innings. … Cy Young winner Brandon Webb was 2-2 with a 5.29 ERA against the Padres in 2006.

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