Possible surgery puts Owings' conversion on hold

Possible surgery puts Owings' conversion on hold

LOS ANGELES -- This was supposed to be the weekend that Micah Owings gave his first go at being a position player a try, as he was to have reported to Triple-A Tucson on Thursday.

Instead, Owings -- on the disabled list since April 26 with a strained right forearm -- is contemplating surgery, according to Padres manager Bud Black.

Owings apparently had a setback last week between the time he was taking batting practice at Petco Park and before he left for Tucson, where he was to play some first base, left field and also serve as a designated hitter.

The forearm injury that Owings suffered in April hadn't progressed enough to the point where he could pitch again, so Owings asked the Padres if he could pursue being a position player until he was able to throw.

The 29-year-old Owings, who signed a one-year deal worth $1 million in the offseason, is a career .283 hitter in 219 plate appearances over six Major League seasons. He has nine home runs and 35 RBIs.

Owings was 0-2 with a 2.79 ERA in six appearances for the Padres earlier this season before landing on the DL.