Fowler back, but not all the way

Fowler back, but not all the way
April 7, 2014, 11:30 am
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(Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

After missing the last three days because of a case of gastroenteritis, outfielder Dexter Fowler was back at Minute Maid Park, reporting, but not necessarily ready for duty.

“He’s feeling better and we’ll get him here and get in the cage and see how he feels,” Astros manager Bo Porter said. “It’s definitely good to have him back in the building.”

“I probably won’t play today, I’m pretty weak right now,” Fowler said when he arrived at the ballpark Monday morning. “I’m going to see if I can eat some food now, I haven’t eaten in three days. It’s been all liquids and rice and stuff.”

Fowler stayed home on Friday with the stomach ailment, but wound up going to the hospital that night and stayed there overnight getting treatment.

“I was (in the hospital) for probably like a day,” Fowler said. “They tried to keep me another night, I said ‘I gotta go,’” he added smiling.

He is healthy enough to make the trip to Toronto after Monday’s game with the team, and as soon as he’s ready to play he’ll be in the lineup.

Fowler hit .500 in the first three games of the season before getting sick. The Astros, who won two of the three games with Fowler, went 1-2 without Fowler in the lineup.

“I’m just happy to be around the guys, I was happy for them,” Fowler said. “I missed them a lot.”