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Former 1st-round pick Henry Owens demoted to Double-A Portland

June 26, 2017 - 3:27 pm

Henry Owens' struggles continue.

The left-hander was demoted from Triple-A Pawtucket to Double-A Portland on Monday, according to a source. Owens will stay in the rotation with the Sea Dogs.

CSNNE's Evan Drellich was first to report the news.

Speaking prior to Monday's game, Red Sox manager John Farrell said Owens will skip his next start as he will alter his arm slot as a way to hopefully correct his control issues.

"He’ll continue to be in the rotation there," Farrell said. "I do know that this most recent start, or this next start will be skipped, because while this has been a guy that’s kind of dominated the minor league level, come to the big leagues, had some success, the walks are what they are. but as you kind of dig deeper, his misses have been in two consistent spots. Up and away, up to the arm side or down to the glove side. As he goes back to Portland, there’s going to be an adjustment with his arm slot to get it further away from his head, maybe more of a true three-quarters arm slot versus over the top with the hope and the intent that the command of the baseball would certainly improve.”

Owens was a first-round pick in the 2011 draft out of Edison High School, but things haven't gone the way many had hoped they would. The 6-foot-6 lefty has struggled with his control, especially of late. He has 60 walks in 69 innings this season, including eight walks in two out of his last three starts.

Overall this season he is 4-5 with a 3.91 ERA. In 16 major league starts he's 4-6 with a 5.19 ERA.

The Red Sox are hopeful he can work through some of his issues, but the clock is ticking.