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Rockies send Chris Owings to IL, recall Connor Joe from Triple-A

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A left thumb “mallet finger” has forced Owings back on the injured list

The Colorado Rockies announced this afternoon that utilityman Chris Owings is heading back to the injured list. Owings will go to the 10-day IL with a mallet finger of the left thumb: the same thumb that put him on the 60-day IL earlier in the season, for which he had corrective surgery.

Owings returned to the Rockies on June 22 and struggled immensely to put things back together after looking electric in spring training and the first week of the season. He went 0-for-16 in his first 10 games off the injured list, but started to turn things around right before the All-Star break. In four games from July 10-18, Owings was 6-for-12 with a double and a home run.

In a corresponding roster move, the Rockies have recalled 1B/OF Connor Joe from Triple-A Albuquerque. Joe left the dugout with his gear in the middle of the Isotopes’ game against the Sugar Land Skeeters on Monday night, igniting potential trade rumors. Joe has been hitting very well for the Isotopes in July, slashing .327/.469/.653 with four home runs and 13 RBIs. With Raimel Tapia still feeling ill (non-COVID), Joe will start in left field against the Seattle Mariners this evening.

With Owings on the IL, the Rockies’ only veteran bench bat is Matt Adams, who is hitting .171/.256/.200 with only two RBIs and just one extra base hit.