The Astros will be without 25-year old righty starting pitcher Rudy Owens for the next 4-5 months due to surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left foot. Owens has pitched in 4 games (3 starts) in AAA-ball for the Astros so far this year and he is 0-3 with a 3.71 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP. Owens has now pitched in 124 games (119 starts) in his first seven years in the minors and he is 46-36 with a 3.45 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. This is a big blow to Owens, as he was likely going to get his first shot in the majors at some point in 2013. Owens has part of the return last summer for Wandy Rodriguez when they dealt him to Pittsburgh.