Owings' eardrum perforated

Pitcher Micah Owings was lucky. He avoided a concussion when he was drilled by a 92 mph fastball on Sunday in Atlanta. But he did suffer a perforated eardrum and is unable to fly.

A CT scan was negative for a concussion. Owings will see a ear, nose and throat doctor on Tuesday in Atlanta. It’s unlikely that he will be able to rejoin the Reds while in Colorado for four games.

“We are shooting for Chicago [on Friday],” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “He told me he’d drive to Chicago if he had too.”

In the 12th inning of a 4-2 win over the Braves, Owings was batting with the bases loaded when he was hit by a 92-mph fastball from right-hander Kenshin Kawakami. Owings spent several moments on the ground but never lost consciousness. He had a gash around his ear that required five stitches.

“He wanted it known that Kawakami called him after the game to see how he was doing,” Baker said. “[Kawakami] was pretty shook up.”

Owings lives in Gainesville, Ga., so he can at least be at home with his family while waiting to be cleared to fly and return to the team.

Speaking of beanings, there is a new helmet available from Rawlings to players. Called the S-100, it’s supposed to withstand 100 mph fastballs and offer better protection. However, it’s a bigger and more unwieldy helmet.

Scott Rolen, who was beaned on Aug. 2 and diagnosed with a concussion that sent him to the DL, said he would pass on wearing the new helmet.

 

Thumbnail image for wright.jpg“I feel like I’m OK right now,” Rolen said. “We’re kind of creatures of habit. I’m not saying that safety isn’t a priority. Of course it is. But it’s a big change in a batting helmet, not a small change. I think the day that MLB mandates it is the day everybody wears it.”

The new helmet will be required in the minor leagues next season. David Wright (pictured, left), who also suffered a concussion from a beaning last month, tried the new helmet for two days but went back to his old one.

“A lot of guys talked about how big it was. I tried it on. It’s large,” Rolen said.

Reds lineup:

Stubbs 8
Janish 6
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Rolen 5
Gomes 7
McDonald 9
Miller 2
Bailey 1
 
From the Elias Sports Bureau: Drew Stubbs leads the Reds in hits (23, tied with Brandon Phillips), runs (12) and home runs (five) since making his Major League debut on August 19.

The latest of Reds players to take the lineup card to home plate was Kevin Barker on Monday vs. Colorado. Edinson Volquez, Jay Bruce and Willy Taveras have also done it recently. The Reds won five in a row when Bruce did it.

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5 Comments

Mark, I almost hate to bring this up, but when is Willy Taveras expected back? Do you have any sense of how Dusty Baker is viewing Drew Stubbs’ recent play in relation to Taveras’ playing time (if) when he returns? When it was Dickerson who was better than Taveras, Baker could play Dickerson in LF and Taveras in CF. But I can’t believe he’d do that with Stubbs. What is your opinion?

If I’m pushing the buttons, Taveras does not play CF again this season (or next). Pinch-running only. To best of my knowledge, he is not out here. I didn’t see him in the clubhouse but he could have been in trainer’s room.

Thanks, I agree 100% with you. But then, most observers have reached this judgment about Taveras long ago. What I’m wondering about, though, is what the two key people think about this – Baker and Jocketty. What I’m hoping is that Jocketty will trade WT, ala Ryan Freel, so Baker won’t be tempted to play him. Any inside info on how Baker and Jocketty are seeing this?

While we are talking about the OF, if Stubbs is CF and Bruce is RF, what do we do with Gomes/Nix? Where does that leave Dickerson?

And what about our sudden wealth of pitching? Starters Arroyo, Harang (?), Volquez, Bailey, Cueto, Lehr?

Trading Taveras will be tough – in view of the contract that’ll go with him. And now, the question is this – do the good play and the games won in the past two weeks mean this team will be better next year? Starting pitching, bullpen, catching, batting, batting for power, batting RISP, infield defense, and outfield defense. What are we seeing? Can Stubbs lead off? Can he play fulltime? We don’t have to ask if he can field his position. We have lots of infielder (up and at Louisville) and lots of outfielders – are any, and I mean any, of them major leaguers? What do you make of Harang? Will the bullpen be better or worse next year? And so forth and so on. Let’s start heating up the stove since that’s the only meaning wins in September have for this team.

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