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7/28/2014 7:27 P.M. ET

D-backs release Evans, activate Pacheco

CINCINNATI -- The D-backs placed Nick Evans on unconditional release waivers, clearing the way for him to sign with the Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan.

The move had been rumored for a couple of days after being reported by mlbtraderumors.com.

To take Evans' place on the roster, the D-backs activated Jordan Pacheco, who had been on the disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis.

"Shoulder feels great, it feels really good," Pacheco said. "Hopefully I can help these guys out and we can win some games."

Hill out of starting lineup, but hand on mend

CINCINNATI -- Aaron Hill was out of the lineup for the second straight game on Monday, but the D-backs' second baseman said his bruised right hand was feeling better and he anticipated being available to pinch-hit if needed.

Hill was hit by a pitch on the right hand on Saturday night and left the game an inning later when he was unable to grip a bat.

"Good enough," Hill said, when asked how the hand feels when he swings. "It's better than it was yesterday, so that was good, but they felt one more day would be better. If they need me to do something tonight, if I need to hit tonight, I'll hit tonight."

X-rays taken of the hand Saturday night were negative.

Worth noting

• D-backs shortstop Chris Owings is still at least two to three weeks away from returning to action, as his injured shoulder has not improved enough to allow him to take live batting practice.

"Nothing new on him," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "It is what it is. When it's time to move him to the next step, we will. He's picked up his activity a little bit. But he has not taken live BP yet."

Owings has been on the disabled list since June 26 with what was diagnosed as a left shoulder strain.

"The diagnosis hasn't changed," Gibson said.

• Injured infielder Cliff Pennington has been on a rehab assignment with the organization's entry in the rookie Arizona League. Pennington is scheduled to move to Triple-A Reno on Saturday.

• Injured outfielder A.J. Pollock is scheduled to take live batting practice off rehabbing pitcher Daniel Hudson on Tuesday and then Pollock will start a stint in the Arizona League.

• Gibson said that Reno pitcher Kameron Loe sustained a broken right hand during Reno's fracas with the Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate on Saturday.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.