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Owens (foot) will undergo surgery Monday and is expected to miss four-to-five months, Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Owens was dealt to the Astros as part of the Wandy Rodriguez deal, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Owens holds a 5-2 record with a 1.89 ERA and 0.95 WHIP in his last 10 Triple-A starts, a span of 66.2 innings.
Owens earned his first loss of the season on Sunday after allowing two runs on five hits and two walks in eight innings against Triple-A Norfolk. He struck out two and now has an ERA of 2.25 in 48 innings of work
Owens threw seven shutout innings in his second straight start Saturday for Triple-A Indianapolis.
The Pirates added Owens to their 40-man roster Friday, according to the Pirates' Twitter account.
Pittsburgh has shut down Owens with inflammation to his left shoulder, the Pirates' Web site reports.
Owens has been placed on the 7-day DL with shoulder fatigue, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.