Dexter Fowler CF HOU 2 Days

Dexter Fowler (intercostal) is still not doing baseball activities, and will require a minor league rehab assignment before returning from the disabled list.

What it means, is that Fowler is still at least a week away from rejoining the Astros. The hope was that the speedy outfielder would be ready for the start of the season's second half, but he's making slow progress in his recovery.

Dexter Fowler CF HOU 6 Days

Astros manager Bo Porter said that Dexter Fowler (intercostal) will not be activated from the disabled list Friday.

The hope was that Fowler would be activated for the start of the second half, but Porter said that he's "not ready to play." Still, he called it a "day-to-day" situation, so it sounds like his return isn't far off.

Dexter Fowler CF HOU 11 Days

Dexter Fowler (intercostal) is on track to return to the Astros' active roster on Friday.

Fowler was hoping to return this weekend, but he'll get some additional rest over the All-Star break. He has been out sine late June with an intercostal strain.

Dexter Fowler CF HOU 15 Days

Dexter Fowler (intercostal) could be activated from the disabled list as soon as Saturday.

That's the first day he's eligible. Fowler began some light hitting in the cage on Monday after resting for a few days following a platelet-rich plasma injection. Astros manager Bo Porter said the club won't wait until after the All-Star break to activate the outfielder if he's ready earlier. "Whenever he's ready to go, we're going to get him back in the lineup," Porter said. "If it's one or two games, every game is important. The only reason we decided to put him on the disabled list is we know he wasn't going to be ready in four or five days."

Dexter Fowler CF HOU 21 Days

Dexter Fowler (intercostal) will resume baseball activities early next week.

Fowler will continue to rest his right intercostal strain for the rest of the week before rejoining the Astros in Arlington to resume workouts. The outfielder will be eligible for activation on July 12, but the Astros seem likely to hold him out until after the All-Star break.

Dexter Fowler CF HOU 22 Days

Astros placed OF Dexter Fowler on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 27, with a right intercostal strain.

Fowler hasn't played since last Thursday due to the injury and will now receive some extended rest. Alex Presley figures to get most of the playing time in center field until he's ready to return.

Dexter Fowler CF HOU 22 Days

Astros manager Bo Porter said that Monday was the first time that Dexter Fowler (back) was able to move around the field during batting practice and swing a bat.

"Any time you start talking about back, it's just tricky," Porter said. "You're talking about being able to swing and field and throw, and you just want to be careful." Fowler said Monday that he feels "all right. "We'll just evaluate it day by day." The outfielder has missed the last four games.

Dexter Fowler CF HOU 25 Days

Dexter Fowler was scratched from the Astros starting lineup for Friday's series opener against the Tigers due to back stiffness.

Astros manager Bo Porter indicated that it was only a precautionary measure and that the team expected Fowler to return to the lineup in a day or two. Alex Presley will take his spot in the lineup and play center field.

Dexter Fowler CF HOU 1 Month

Dexter Fowler led off the game with a home run and finished 2-for-5 in Sunday's loss to the Rays.

The homer was Fowler's sixth of the year. The outfielder has scored 43 runs while batting .277/.383/.405 this season.

Dexter Fowler CF HOU 1 Month

Dexter Fowler went 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored in a loss to the Rays on Sunday.

Fowler homered off David Price to lead off the bottom of the first inning, and he also doubled and scored in the third. Fowler now has five home runs and 41 runs scored -- his 41 runs is 10th-best in the AL -- on the year. Fantasy owners have also enjoyed the 28-year-old's .284/.389/.412 line atop the Astros lineup.