On MLB Network Radio on Tuesday morning, Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black was asked for an update on the thumb injury suffered by Chris Owings.
Owings was placed on the 10-day injured list on Saturday with a left thumb sprain. Alan Trejo was called up from the taxi squad to make his Major League debut in Owings’ place as the Rockies suffered a three-game sweep in San Francisco at the hands of the Giants.
In a pinch-hit role in Friday’s loss, Owings laced a ninth-inning triple to lead off the inning. However, prior to the triple, it was later revealed that Owings caught his thumb on his other hand, causing a sprain in the ligament in the lower part of the left thumb, according to Black. This comes after Owings was slowed by a tight hamstring suffered in Wednesday’s home win over Arizona.
Owings has opened the season hitting 8-for-15 (.533) in just seven games. That includes three doubles and a Major League-leading three triples as well.
Here is the latest injury news on Chris Owings of the Colorado Rockies.
Black said that there is not a timetable for Owings’ return and that more would need to be done once the Rockies finished their six-game road swing through San Francisco and Los Angeles.
"“He’s had a couple of scans in San Francisco and he’s going to get looked at a little bit more in Denver,” Black said, referring to Colorado returning home for a three-game series on Friday against the New York Mets. “We avoided some fractures in that thumb area. It looks to be just a sprain, so that’s a good thing. That will heal to a certain extent and he’ll be fine. This is not an uncommon injury with hitters.”"
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Black did mention when the injury was first announced that Rockies head trainer Keith Dugger hinted that this could be “more of an extended injury.”
It marks the second consecutive season that Owings has not only been on the Rockies roster, but also dealt with an injury that has sidelined him. In 2020, Owings saw action in just 17 games for Colorado before suffering a strained left hamstring and missing the rest of the season.
Owings found early success last season with the Rockies as well before his hamstring injury, batting .370 (10-for-27) with a pair of homers and five RBI in 10 games at Coors Field.