Colorado Rockies utility player Chris Owings left the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night with what is being called right leg soreness.
Starting the game in right field for the Rockies, Owings was 3-for-3 with three extra-base hits and a pair of RBI against Arizona when he left the game in the sixth inning. He was replaced in right field and in the batting order by Sam Hilliard.
The 29-year-old Owings made the Rockies for the second year as a non-roster invitee. In 2020, Owings batted .370 (10-for-27) with seven runs scored, two homers, and five RBI before being lost for the season with a strained left hamstring.
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Owings was off to another hot start in 2021, racking up seven hits in his first 14 at-bats in 2021. That included Wednesday’s 3-for-3 night and a 3-for-3 performance on Opening Day against the Los Angeles Dodgers when he also added a pair of stolen bases, making him an unlikely hero in Colorado knocking off the defending World Champions. Heading into the season, his 83.3 percent success rate on stolen bases ranked eighth in Major League Baseball (minimum of 50 attempts).
He currently has an OPS of 1.563 for the Rockies, who are scheduled to finish the three-game series against Arizona on Thursday afternoon at Coors Field before heading out for the first road trip of the season, beginning Friday in San Francisco.
With postgame comments coming from Rockies manager Bud Black after tonight’s game, we will have more information as soon as it becomes available and will update the article below with that information.
UPDATE: Black said it was tightness in the right hamstring and they were being cautious with him, so they took him out of the game.
“We don’t think it’s a strain,” Black said, adding that they would know more on Thursday.