Owings closing in on return to Reds

Owings closing in on return to Reds

CINCINNATI -- Micah Owings took another step toward returning to the Reds on Wednesday with a successful 75-pitch simulated game.

Owings has been on the 15-day disabled list since July 27 with a tight right shoulder. He left his start July 26 after three innings against the Cubs.

"I felt pretty good," Owings said after the simulated game. "I'm keying in on working on a couple of things. I feel like I got some good work in today."

Owings had no problems maneuvering his way through the session in which he faced hitters Chris Dickerson, Adam Rosales and Drew Sutton. Dickerson, who is on the DL with bruised right rotator cuff, said he hopes to be back Monday when he is eligible to be activated.

Owings said he was told he was going to Triple-A Louisville to make a rehab assignment with the Bats, but Reds manager Dusty Baker said he may not need it.

"He was throwing a couple of days after the start, and he's been throwing almost every day since," Baker said. "He feels great."

If Owing doesn't make a start in Louisville, he could start Tuesday in St. Louis.

Reds right-hander Jared Burton was set to make his rehab stint with Class A Dayton on Wednesday. Burton has been on the DL with right shoulder fatigue since July 26 and is eligible to come off Sunday.

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