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Fowler is out of the lineup Saturday against the Angels.

Fowler will take a day of rest Saturday against the Angels for the first time since Aug. 13, when he returned from the disabled list. Alex Presley will start in center field for the Astros on Saturday and will bat fifth.

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Fowler reached base four times Tuesday, going 2-for-3 with two walks, an RBI and two runs scored in the Astros' 8-3 win over the Angels.

Fowler's .383 OBP leads Houston and would rank eighth overall in MLB if he had enough at-bats to qualify among the leaders. The 28-year-old outfielder isn't lighting the world on fire for fantasy purposes, but he has seven multi-hit games (out of 19) since he returned from a back injury on August 13 and has shown elite plate discipline with a 14 percent walk rate this season.

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Fowler went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, a walk and two runs scored in Sunday's 8-1 win over Boston.

Fowler is 7-for-18 (.389) with five walks and four runs scored in five games with the Astros since returning from the DL on August 13.

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Fowler (back) was activated from the disabled list Wednesday and is in the starting lineup.

As expected, Fowler will return to the lineup, and will bat in the cleanup spot for the Astros on Wednesday. Now that he has returned, it will be interesting to see what the Astros decide to do in the outfield. Marc Krauss is the odd man out Wednesday, with Jake Marisnick sliding over to right field, Robbie Grossman moving to left and Fowler playing center.

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Fowler (back) will be activated from the DL on Wednesday, Brian McTaggart of reports.

Fowler joined Triple-A Oklahoma City last Thursday to begin a rehab assignment, a little over five weeks after hitting the DL with a right intercostal strain, and he's since played in four games without any sort of setback. The Astros acquired Jake Marisnick from the Marlins at the deadline, and it's not entirely clear how manager Bo Porter plans on divvying up the playing time upon Fowler's return. It's possible Marisnick could be sent down, but it seems more likely that the two will split time in center.

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Fowler (back) will be evaluated after playing in the field Monday at Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Since starting a rehab assignment Friday, Fowler has gone 3-for-8 with one RBI, one run, and one walk versus no strikeouts. If the exam goes swimmingly, he could be activated from the DL as early as Tuesday.

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Fowler (back) went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles in his first rehab game Friday, Brian McTaggart of reports.

The Astros will likely give Fowler a few games at Triple-A to get comfortable at the plate again before activating him in the near future.

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Fowler (back) will join Triple-A Oklahoma City on Thursday and play in his first rehab game Friday.

Fowler (back) has been on the disabled list since June 27 with a right intercostal strain, but finally appears to be on track for a return to the Astros. With the team out of the playoff hunt, they will likely give him as much time as he needs to return from the injury to avoid any complications. Fowler hit .270/.377/.396 over 76 with the Astros this season, similar to the production he saw with Colorado last year, but will look to get the Astros headed in the right direction in the final two months of the regular season.

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The Astros are "days away" from considering a rehab assignment for Fowler (back), according to general manager Jeff Luhnow,'s Brian McTaggart reports.

While Fowler will likely rejoin the Astros sometime in August, it's still a guessing game at this point as to when exactly owners can expect him back. Before going on the DL, Fowler had a .270 average with six home runs and six steals in 76 games, so he's an excellent option to stash in most leagues.

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Dexter Fowler (intercostal) has yet to swing a bat or pick up a ball.

The Astros were originally hoping that Fowler would be ready at the start of the second half, but he's still a ways off from returning. These injuries tend to linger, so the Astros don't want to take any chances. He'll need a minor league rehab assignment before being activated, so it's probably safe to rule him out until August at this point.