Jon Mark Owings injured, having surgery today
Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Jon Mark Owings, one of the Braves' top outfield prospects, collided with fellow outfielder Ovandy Suero Monday in a minor league game against the Astros in Kissimmee, Florida.
Owings had a big jolt and has a broken jaw. The Braves flew him home to Atlanta Monday night, and he'll have surgery on Tuesday. The early belief is that Owings will miss four to eight weeks of action.
Suero suffered a minor concussion and was not seriously injured. He is only expected to miss a few days of action.
The 20-year-old Owings had a fantastic season last year for the Danville Braves, hitting .293 with 12 home runs and 31 RBI in 116 at bats. He also had 8 doubles, 2 triples, and a .354 OBP last season.
Owings was already off to a great start in minor league camp this year, showing that same power he displayed last year in the Appalachian League. He was scheduled to start the season in Low-A Rome.
This is the second major injury for Owings since being drafted by the Braves in the 17th round of the 2004 draft. Later that same year, in the Gulf Coast League, Owings ran into a fence trying to catch a fly ball and ruptured his spleen. He had emergency surgery after he had lost 40% of the blood in his stomach. Doctors had to take out all his organs and clean them out after the spleen had ruptured into small pieces.
Owings bounced back with a superb 2005 season, and the Braves are more than confident he'll be able to do the same this time.
BravesCenter will update Owings' condition on Tuesday.
Bill Shanks is the author of Scout's Honor: The Bravest Way To Build A Winning Team, a look inside the Braves‘ traditional front office philosophies. Email Bill at email@example.com.
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