Dexter Fowler to begin rehab assignment Friday with South Bend Cubs
The Cubs announced Thursday that Dexter Fowler will begin a rehab assignment with the South Bend Cubs, the team’s Low-A affiliate, on Friday. Fowler will be the designated hitter on Friday and play center field on Saturday. Fowler will be re-evaluated after Saturday’s game.
The Cubs would like for Fowler to be healthy enough to activate from the disabled list so he can play in the All-Star Game on Tuesday.
Dexter Fowler will not play in the weekend series at PNC Park against the Pirates.
Fowler tested his right hamstring on the field Thursday before the rain started at Wrigley. Fowler passed the tests to the point the Cubs feel comfortable with him going on a rehab assignment.
The Cubs are looking forward to having Fowler back in the lineup for the first game after from the break.
Joe Maddon and the front office want Fowler to play in the All-Star Game. The Cubs realize how important the game is to a majority of the players. Maddon thinks that participating in the All-Star Game can help a player mentally beyond the physical break the player would get if he’s not part of the game.
The Cubs have missed Dexter Fowler immensely since he landed on the DL on June 20. Fowler last played in a game on June 18. The Cubs won the game on June 19 and just five times since.
The Cubs were 6-12 in the 18 games without Fowler leading in to the make-up game with the Braves on Thursday night. The Cubs had a -17 run differential in those 18 games.
In 64 games this season, Dexter Fowler has hit .290/.398/.483 with 19 doubles, three triples and seven home runs for a .881 OPS. Fowler walked 35 times with 61 strikeouts in 284 plate appearances. Out of the leadoff spot in Maddon’s lineup, Fowler has scored 41 runs.