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Owens, 26, has struggled this season with the OKC RedHawks. In 41.2 inning pitched, Owens has amassed a 6.05 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, with a 32/8 – K/BB ratio. He holds a career 3.61 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in just under 700 innings of minor league ball.The former Pittsburgh Pirates farmhand missed most of the 2013 with a foot injury after undergoing surgery in April of last season. The Astros acquired Owens from the Pirates in the Wandy Rodriguez trade in 2012. Robbie Grossman and Colton Cain were also included in the deal.
Owens replaces Brad Peacock who was scratched from tonight’s start with forearm soreness. There is no timetable for Peacock’s return and it is possible he may need a stint on the disabled list.
Astros GM Jeff Luhnow has always mentioned Owens as a sleeper prospect for the Astros. Tonight will be Owens’ debut and he will go up against Felix Hernandez.