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Micah Owings Sent to Minors

Micah Owings has been absolutely awful since May 25.  Since then, Owings has been 0-Will Micah Owings get any AB's in Tucson?6 with a 6.87 ERA in nine starts.  That’s after a dynamic start when he won his first four games and had a 2.42 ERA and was featured in a Fantasy Baseball Dugout profile.

Today, Micah Owings was optioned to the Tucson Sidewinders.  After Owings’ start on Monday, he said:  “I’m disappointed I let the team down.”

The D-Backs recalled Jailen Peguero to take Owings spot on the roster.  Paguero was 5-4 with 4 saves and a 4.42 ERA in 41 appearances at Tucson.  Expect Paguero to get mostly mop-up duties to start anyway.

Yusmeiro Petit moves into the D-Backs starting rotation and will get his firstYusmeiro Petit fantasy baseball point scorer start on the bump on Saturday against the Dodgers.  Petit is 1-1, 2.55, in 11 games this year with Arizona.

Owings will try to get his act straight down at Tucson and manager Bob Melvin indicated that Owings will be back.  “I still think he’s going to be a key component this year.”

This brings us to an interesting question.  Fantasy Baseball Dugout already reported on Owings hitting prowess this year.  And, although he’s primarily a pitcher, Owings has played as a pinch hitter or DH on 13 occasions this season.  His batting average is .288 and he is respected around the league–he’s been walked five times in 52 AB’s.

Let’s say that Melvin recalls Owings on September 1 when rosters can expand to 40 players.  Let’s also say that Owings still hasn’t gotten himself straightened out as a pitcher, but the D-Backs need his bat coming off of the bench for a key pinch hit that could vault them to the top of the hapless NL West.

Fantasy Baseball Dugout Asks:  Do Owings hitting stats count in fantasy baseball if he’s called up under these circumstances in September?  What will the major stats services decide?

Fantasy Baseball Dugout Tip:  Should you pick up Yusmeiro Petit now that he’s in the rotation?  His stats certainly aren’t bad at 2.55 in 11 games–2 as a starting pitcher.  But, he’s 5.33 lifetime in two season with the D-Backs and one with the Marlins.  Petit has a propensity to give up the longball with 21 dingers in 108 IP’s.  A 1.42 WHIP isn’t going to excite anybody either.  I’d wait on the sidelines on Petit for now.  If you still have a roster spot available, go with Brad Ziegler.

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