Owings back in action after being hit by pitch

Owings back in action after being hit by pitch

PHOENIX -- On Wednesday, a day after being hit in the upper back with a pitch, shortstop Chris Owings is back in the lineup against the Brewers and feeling fine.

"I'm feeling pretty good today," Owings said. "I got some good rest. I'm ready to go.

"Obviously, you're not going to feel the best. It kind of got my helmet a little bit. It was ringing a little bit, mostly my ears. Fortunately, it got me in the back, and I'm a little sore in the back, but that's about it."

Owings' hit-by-pitch by Milwaukee's Kyle Lohse kicked off a series of events that ended with Ryan Braun being hit by an Evan Marshall pitch, Marshall being ejected and Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy hitting a grand slam in the seventh inning.

Owings doesn't think the pitch from Lohse was intentional, saying that Lohse was setting him up inside.

"That's his game plan," he said. "He went slider away, first pitch. I think he was trying to come in there and it just got away from him."

Owings didn't talk with Lohse or Lucroy after he was hit.

"I didn't see anything after I got hit; I really wasn't paying any attention to that," he said. "But it looked like there was some concern there, so I really didn't look too much into it.

"After the third out was made, I was still on first; [Lohse] kind of looked at me, nodded and asked if I was all right. There's no bad blood there."

Adam Lichtenstein is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.