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Dexter Fowler went hitless for his third straight game Sunday, going 0-for-4 in a loss to the Rangers.

Fowler was batting .381 heading into the series against the Rangers, but he's hitless in his last 13 at-bats. The slump has dropped his batting average to .235. He missed four games due to viral gastroenteritis earlier in the week, so he may still be getting back to full strength.

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Dexter Fowler is back in the Astros' lineup Wednesday.

Fowler hadn't played since last Thursday due to viral gastroenteritis, but he's finally got most of his strength back. He's back in center field and hitting leadoff against the Blue Jays' Brandon Morrow.

Dexter Fowler CF HOU 7 Days

Dexter Fowler (illness) is aiming to return to the Astros' lineup on Wednesday.

Fowler has been batting viral gastroenteritis but was able to go through a pregame workout on Tuesday and also had his first solid food in a while. Assuming he bounces back fine, he should be in there Wednesday. "Today's the first day I feel like I have some strength to do anything," Fowler said Tuesday. "I think (returning Wednesday) is what we're looking at. Hopefully I'll be back in there . It's just dependent on how today goes."

Dexter Fowler CF HOU 7 Days

Dexter Fowler (illness) is not starting but will go through a pregame workout on Tuesday evening.

Fowler spent a few days in the hospital this weekend with viral gastroenteritis and is easing back into baseball activities. "I had my first meal today and so far it's stayed in," he said Tuesday. "I had some eggs, I almost ate some bacon, but I couldn't do bacon."

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Dexter Fowler (illness) is not in the Astros' starting lineup on Monday.

Fowler is still not 100 percent after being released from the hospital with viral gastroenteritis. There is a chance he misses some or all of the team's upcoming series against the Blue Jays as well. For Monday's series finale against the Angels, Robbie Grossman will play in center and bat second.

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Dexter Fowler went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a triple against the Yankees on Wednesday.

Fowler now has four hits on the season, all extra-base hits. The Astros acquired Fowler in the off-season to play center field. While he'll miss hitting in Coors Field, he should still provide plenty of value in multiple categories throughout the season.

Dexter Fowler CF HOU 1 Month

Dexter Fowler (neck) will return to the lineup Saturday.

He was originally supposed to return Friday, but the Astros didn't want him to ride a bus for their road game. Fowler will hit leadoff for the Astros this season.

Dexter Fowler CF HOU 1 Month

Dexter Fowler (neck) is expected back in the lineup Friday.

Fowler was scratched from Wednesday's lineup due to neck stiffness, but he reported improvement Thursday. He'll hit leadoff for the Astros this season.

Dexter Fowler CF HOU 1 Month

Dexter Fowler was scratched from Wednesday's Grapefruit League lineup due to neck stiffness.

His absence is considered "precautionary," so it doesn't sound like a major concern. Consider him day-to-day.

Dexter Fowler CF HOU 4 Months

Astros manager Bo Porter confirmed that Dexter Fowler will serve as the Astros leadoff hitter to begin the 2013 season.

The Astros struggled to find a consistent option at the top of their lineup in 2013, with four different players making 23 or more starts out of that lineup spot. While Fowler's fantasy value does take a hit moving away from the friendly confines of Coors Field, he still possesses a nice blend of power and speed and should be able to be a plus in runs scored as well, so long as he remains atop the lineup.