Colorado Rockies outfielder Dexter Fowler was able to rejoin
the team’s lineup last night, but he continues to deal with pain in his ailing
right finger, according to Thomas Harding of MLB.com.
Fowler suffered his finger injury a week ago when he was hit
on the hand by a pitch. As the discomfort continued, he feared that the injury was actually a fracture or break rather than simply a bone bruise. An X-ray
confirmed that wasn’t the case, and Fowler returned to the Rockies’ lineup.
Manager Walt Weiss acknowledged that Fowler was still
dealing with his finger issue, but he also said that other Rockies’ outfielders
– including Carlos Gonzalez and Michael Cuddyer – are also facing injuries. For
this reason, it was pivotal that Fowler get back into the lineup as fast as he
could without risking further injury for two reasons; to allow Gonzalez and Cuddyer
to rest and to replace Tyler Colvin – who is really a corner outfielder – in center
"Dexter is ready to go," Weiss said. "Hand
injuries are tough in this game because it's hard to swing the bat. I just
wanted to make sure he was right. Our outfielders have been banged up."
Fowler is in the midst of a career-year, hitting
.294/.393/.482 with 12 doubles, two triples, 10 home runs and 12 stolen bases
in 14 attempts.
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