Cubs place outfielder Dexter Fowler on 15-day disabled list – Right-hander Carl Edwards Jr. recalled from Triple-A Iowa
The Cubs placed OF Dexter Fowler on the 15-day disabled list with right hamstring injury. The Cubs have recalled RHP Carl Edwards Jr. from Triple-A Iowa to take his place on the active roster.
The Cubs announced Fowler’s DL stint was backdated to June 19. Edwards Jr. is at Wrigley and available for Monday’s opener with the Cardinals.
With Monday’s roster moves, the Cubs active roster consists of 12 position players and 13 pitchers (five starters, eight relievers).
The Cubs are making the right decision by placing Dexter Fowler on the disabled list. The Cubs cannot afford to be without Fowler for an extended time in the second half. Fowler has been a huge force at the top of the Cubs lineup this season. As Joe Maddon says, ‘You go. We Go.’
Fowler is batting .290/.398/.483 in 64 games with 19 doubles, three tripled and seven home runs for a .881 OPS. Fowler has walked 35 times with 61 strikeouts in 284 plate appearances.
Albert Almora Jr. is expected to get a majority of the playing time in center field. Jason Heyward will also see playing time in center while Fowler is on the disabled list.
Carl Edwards Jr. is being recalled to help what was described as a tired bullpen. Edwards Jr. has been effective at times for Triple-A Iowa this season. And he’s also struggled with throwing strikes and walking too many batters.
Edwards Jr. has appeared in 24 games for the I-Cubs and allowed 12 runs, all earned, on 17 hits with 17 walks and 35 strikeouts in 25 1/3 innings (4.26 ERA, 1.34 WHIP).