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Owens Alabama Bound

If Allison Moorer is still looking for a ride to Alabama, she can probably hitch one with Henry.

Reliever Henry Owens, on the disabled list since June 13 with right shoulder inflammation, will visit Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., on Wednesday.

Chances are Owens will need surgery, which could impact his availability in 2008.

Owens and Matt Lindstrom were acquired by the Marlins last November from the Mets.

Owens appeared in 22 games this season, and he was 2-0 with a 1.96 ERA in 22 games. He had four saves in five chances.

And just to top that off, Ricky Nolasco is still a concern.

Nolasco on Friday had a rough outing for Albuquerque, giving up eight earned runs on nine hits over 3 2/3 innings to Memphis.

There is concern that Nolasco's arm still isn't right. If it's not, the right-hander faces the possibility of surgery.

Dr. Andrews is already a rich man and the old adage still holds:  The rich just keep getting richer.

Nothing is going right with the pitching staff this season, though that it isn't a complete surprise.  Given that everyone was extended last season.