Minor Moves: Chris Owings and Abrahan Gutierrez Land on Injured List

The Indianapolis Indians announced prior to Wednesday’s afternoon game that infielder Chris Owings has been placed on the 7-day Injured List. The move was made retroactive to April 18th.

Owings was likely at the top of the Pittsburgh Pirates early season depth chart if they needed a middle infielder. That’s especially true with Mark Mathias already getting called up to the majors. Owings has played parts of ten seasons in the majors, posting a career .240/.287/.366 slash line in 712 games.

Owings has mostly played shortstop for Indianapolis during the early stages of the 2023 campaign. He’s also made one start each at second base, third base and center field. He’s currently hitting .182/.290/.364 over 38 plate appearances this season.

Indianapolis didn’t announce any other moves. They still have 12 position players active. While only four are listed as infielders, they also have Endy Rodriguez and Miguel Andujar, who can both play multiple infield spots. That doesn’t mean a move isn’t coming to fill in for Owings, but they can handle the opening without adding.

If any other moves come up today, they will be added here.

UPDATE: Greensboro has placed 23-year-old catching prospect Abrahan Gutierrez on the 7-day Injured List retroactive to April 18th. He is hitting .303/.410/.455 through eight games this season.

Greensboro activated 22-year-old catcher Luis Hernandez, who has not played yet this year. He was being used as a floater last year, playing in the FCL, Bradenton and Greensboro, though he played just 19 games total. He had a .520 OPS in 57 plate appearances.

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Poor Luis Hernandez! Those floaters are just hard to get out of your eyes!

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