5/29/2014 2:40 A.M. ET
Owings enjoys four-hit night in D-backs' win
By Steve Gilbert and Adam Lichtenstein / MLB.com
PHOENIX -- D-backs manager Kirk Gibson wanted to sit Chris Owings for the second night in a row, but an injury forced the rookie shortstop back into Wednesday's lineup against the Padres.
Owings helped pace a potent offense by going 4-for-4, including an RBI single in an eight-run first, and a walk in the D-backs' 12-6 win.
Cliff Pennington, who started at shortstop on Tuesday night, was originally the starter at shortstop on Wednesday as well, but Gibson sat him because Pennington jammed his hand when Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera slid into second on a double in the first inning of the Padres' 4-3 win on Tuesday.
"It's one of those deals, you get in the game and something else happens and you're kind of on the edge, and I got to take you out of the game," Gibson said. "He can still play in the game if he needs to play, but we made the decision to remove him [from the starting lineup]."
Owings has played the majority of innings at shortstop this season. The rookie started the season hot, garnering National League Rookie of the Month honors for April.
But May has not treated Owings well. Going into Wednesday's contest, he was hitting .197 in May, down 116 points from his .313 mark in April. His on-base percentage has also fallen precipitously, from .367 in April to only .228 in May.
"Just a lot of things that are going on," Owings said. "You hit balls hard right at people, missing some pitches, get pitches on the corner, get some bad calls. Just everything's coming into effect."
Despite his slump, there is a bright spot for Owings when he steps up to the plate at Chase Field. In 24 games at home, Owings is hitting .361 and has a .924 OPS.
"He had a tough road trip and then probably started pressing a little bit," Gibson said. "That's kind of why I was going to keep him out for two days.
"He'll be fine. He's been through it before in the Minor Leagues ... He's just got to learn how to trust himself."
D-backs promote Evans, option Marte to Reno
PHOENIX -- An Arizona native will soon get his chance to play for his hometown team.
The D-backs called up Glendale native Nick Evans from Triple-A Reno on Wednesday and optioned outfielder Alfredo Marte to Reno.
"I don't think there's any kid that grew up in Arizona that was a Diamondbacks fan that wasn't there dream to play for this team," Evans said. "To say it's a dream come true would be kind of an understatement for me."
Evans, 28, who attended Phoenix St. Mary's High School, has been one of Reno's best hitters this season. In 44 games, Evans was hitting .335 and led the team with 11 home runs. He was tied for the Pacific Coast League lead in RBIs (44) and was third in the league in OPS (1.034).
"I started swinging the bat well and I just tried to keep it the same every day, and try to stay consistent," Evans said.
Marte struggled in limited time with the D-backs this season. The 25-year-old outfielder was hitting .227 (5-for-22) and had three RBIs.
D-backs manager Kirk Gibson sees Evans primarily serving as a pinch-hitter with occasional appearances in the field.
"For the most part, we're going to rotate our guys [in the outfield]," Gibson said. "Nick can pinch hit … I could put him over there at third.
"Left field, [he] would probably be one of the last guys I'd use out there, but he has played quite a bit recently."
In Reno, Evans played 14 games at third base, 12 at first base and 11 in left field. In the Major Leagues, he primarily played outfield and first base.
Evans has been successful in a platoon role at the Major League level. Against left-handers, Evans has a .295 average and an .849 OPS. Against right-handers, those marks fall to .224 and .595, respectively.
Evans played parts of four seasons with the Mets from 2008-11. In 2011, he saw his most Major League playing time, getting into 59 games and hitting .256 (45-for-176). He missed most of the '12 season with a broken left hand he sustained diving for a bunted ball.
"You miss a whole year and then I got released in Spring Training last year," Evans said. "You start to think; you don't know what's going to happen.
"To get back here really is special for me."
Goldy's blast targets his image on scoreboard
PHOENIX -- Paul Goldschmidt narrowly missed hitting his own image on the Chase Field scoreboard in center when he smacked a seventh-inning home run off Troy Patton in the D-backs' 12-6 win on Wednesday night.
Ahead in the count, 1-0, Goldschmidt belted a 90-mph fastball that hit just below where the linescore is displayed on the video board.
The blast was estimated to have traveled 470 feet.
"Approximately," Goldschmidt said when asked if he saw how far his ball went. "But I didn't go watch it or anything like that."
The longest home run in Chase Field history was a 504-foot blast by Adam Dunn in 2008. Goldschmidt's homer tied Mark Reynolds for the 10th-longest hit by a D-backs player at Chase Field.
Goldschmidt was asked if that's the furthest he's ever hit a ball.
"That I can remember," he said with a shrug. "It generally counts as one, but it's better than nothing."
Center fielder A.J. Pollock said he remembered Goldschmidt hitting one that "easily went 30 feet further" than Wednesday's shot when the pair played for Double-A Mobile.
Putz set to throw simulated game on Friday
PHOENIX -- Reliever J.J. Putz is working toward getting back into the D-backs' bullpen.
The 37-year-old right-hander hasn't pitched since May 3 due to a forearm injury, but he will throw a simulated game on Friday.
"We'll just go from there," Putz said.
Putz said his arm feels "great" and that he was able to long toss without any pain.
"[Trainer Ken Crenshaw] put me on a pretty tough shoulder and forearm workout the last three weeks, two days down and one day off," Putz said. "It feels stronger, but until you get up there and face hitters, you don't really know."
Before the injury, Putz had pitched in 13 games for the D-backs -- 10 innings - while giving up six earned runs and walking six with 12 strikeouts.
Putz has been successful in the past. In his four years with the D-backs, he has a 2.64 ERA in 156 2/3 innings.
The D-backs' bullpen has been holding down the fort without Putz. Four relievers -- -- Oliver Perez, Evan Marshall, Joe Thatcher and Brad Ziegler -- have ERAs below 3.05 entering Wednesday's action.
Marshall, who was called up when Putz was placed on the disabled list, has impressed early in his career.
The 6-foot-2 right-hander has given up only one earned run -- a go-ahead home run to Padres first baseman Tommy Medica in Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Padres -- since making his debut on May 6. In 9 2/3 innings, he has 10 strikeouts.
"Marshall's been great for us," manager Kirk Gibson said.
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. Adam Lichtenstein is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.