West notes


Rookie SS Chris Owings missed a few games with a sore ankle. … From ESPN.com: Closer Addison Reed said he is quitting smokeless tobacco following the death of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn. Reed, who played for Gwynn at San Diego State, threw away seven cans of smokeless tobacco from his locker, and another two from his car, according to MLB.com. “It’s one of those things where I’ve done it for so long it’s just become a habit, a really bad habit,” Reed said. “It was something I always told myself I would quit, like next month, and the next thing you know it’s been six or seven years.”


Former Montreal Expos star Tim Wallach was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. Wallach is now a bench coach for the Dodgers. A five-time All-Star, three-time Gold Glove Award winner and two-time Silver Slugger Award winner, Wallach was drafted in 1979 by the Expos and played for the team from 1980 to 1992. He’s the franchise leader in games, hits, doubles, RBIs and total bases. Following his time in Montreal, Wallach played three seasons with the Dodgers and one with the Angels, retiring after the 1996 season.


Brandon Belt (broken thumb) began a rehab assignment with Class-A San Jose (Calif.), then will move on to Triple-A Fresno. He’s hoping to be back with the Giants by Friday in San Diego, according to the Contra Costa (Calif.) Times. … LHP prospect Edwin Escobar will be the Giants’ representative in the All-Star Futures Game on July 13 at Target Field. The 22-year-old Escobar, who will pitch for the World team, is 3-6 with a 5.31 ERA for the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies. … Marco Scutaro played three innings at second in his first rehab appearance for the Giants’ Arizona Rookie League and went 0 for 2 with a ground out and a line out.


Reliever Alex Torres became the first pitcher to wear a protective cap in a major league game. … Tony Gwynn Jr. got a standing ovation in Philadelphia in the eighth in his first at-bat since his father, Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, died.


All-Star OF Carlos Gonzalez’s left index finger is getting stronger and stronger each day. So are his identical twin daughters who were born premature. Gonzalez had surgery on June 10 to remove a small tumor in his finger. Three days later, his daughters, Carlota and Genova, were born. But at just 30 weeks old, they need to stay in the hospital a little while longer to develop. Gonzalez thinks it might be six more weeks before they can go home. He said, “they’re really good, breathing by themselves. They just have to get bigger.” … Troy Tulowitzki was named the captain for the NL during the Home Run Derby at the All-Star game.

Compiled by Rick Crotts from wire reports.