8/31/2013 8:03 P.M. ET
Ross in good spirits in first visit since hip injury
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
PHOENIX -- D-backs outfielder Cody Ross returned to Chase Field for the first time since he dislocated and broke his right hip running to first base Aug. 11 and said he expects to be back in action during Spring Training next year.
Ross hit a routine grounder to third base in the first inning of that game and the injury occurred as he neared first base.
"I'm running down to first base and I know I'm out so I started to shut it down," Ross said. "And right before the bag, my cleat caught, and when that happened, I started to fall forward. Instead of rolling, the bag was right in front of me, so I tried to catch myself and I put my foot out and my leg just hyperextended. I heard a crack and a pop and fell to the ground."
Mets first baseman Ike Davis and D-backs first-base coach Steve Sax were the first to be at Ross' side.
"They were asking me if I was all right and I said, 'No, I think I broke my hip,'" Ross said. "Not really even thinking about what happened, that was just the first thing that came out of my mouth. Then I started thinking about it and I was like, I think I dislocated it, because I felt the bone."
Ross actually had done both. The hip came out of the socket with such force that part of the wall that holds it in the socket broke off. Had a non-professional athlete hyperextended his knee in the same way, Ross said he was told, it would have caused the knee to completely blow out. But because he had strong knees and quadriceps muscle, all the force went to the hip.
"Tough injury, freak deal, but all is good," Ross said. "My spirits are up. I know I'm going to come back from this and be good and ready to go next year."
Ross had surgery to insert two metal plates and "five or six" screws into the hip. He was told not to do any weight-bearing activities for three months.
Initially Ross was concerned the injury could end his career, but doctors told him it was different from the hip injury that forced Bo Jackson to retire from pro football and also impacted his baseball career.
"The doctors reassured me that I should be able to come back and play at just as high a level," Ross said. "They said hopefully be back by Spring Training, middle part of Spring Training. That's the goal."
Prospect Owings making case for callup
PHOENIX -- The D-backs will likely bring up some added pitching depth Sunday when rosters expand from 25 to 40, with the rest of the reinforcements coming after the Minor League seasons end next week.
While no final decision has been made, it looks like one of the callups will be Triple-A Reno shortstop Chris Owings, ranked as Arizona's No. 3 prospect by MLB.com.
Owings recently won the Pacific Coast League's Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player Awards.
"C.O. is a guy that's had a great year," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "He's a guy that you talk about bringing him up. It would be really good to reward him, No. 1, and then it would be good for him to get up here and get the exposure. He's earned it."
Owings was originally drafted out of high school by the D-backs in the supplemental round (41st overall) of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.
Owings was considered the shortstop of the future before the team acquired Didi Gregorius this past offseason. That didn't phase Owings, who had a slash line of .327/.355/.477 heading into Saturday night's game.
As a way of making him more versatile, he has seen some playing time at second base this year.
"He's got a pretty good future ahead of him," Gibson said. "He's going to fit in here somewhere, sometime, someway, somehow and I think he would be a guy that would benefit from [a September callup], but we haven't made a decision on that yet."
Reynolds wants to pitch again this year
PHOENIX -- D-backs left-hander Matt Reynolds is still hoping to pitch before the end of the season.
Reynolds, who has been on the disabled list since June 10, was diagnosed with a partial tear of his ulnar collateral ligament.
At the time of the injury, Reynolds was examined by noted specialist Dr. James Andrews, who told him he did not think that Tommy John surgery would be required. Since then, Reynolds has worked at rehabbing the elbow.
"Knock on wood, it's been pretty smooth sailing," Reynolds said.
Reynolds is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Monday. If that goes well, he will either throw another bullpen or live batting practice Thursday.
While there's not much time left in the season, even getting into a few games would mean a lot to Reynolds.
"I would like to get back out there and just kind of be confident in myself going into the offseason that my arm is back to where it needs to be," Reynolds said. "The same for the team looking forward, I want them to be confident that I'm going to be ready to go for Spring Training next year."
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.