Dexter Fowler CF HOU 26 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.

Dexter Fowler CF HOU 2 Months

Dexter Fowler went 2-for-5 with a home run and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Twins.

Fowler hit a solo shot in the third inning, his fourth home run of the season. He added an RBI single in the fourth, giving him 19 RBI on the year from the leadoff spot. His numbers have been steadily climbing in recent weeks, and he's now hitting .277/.393/.395 for the year.

Dexter Fowler CF HOU 2 Months

Dexter Fowler went 2-for-3 with two walks and a run scored in Tuesday's win over the Angels.

Fowler has been an on-base machine this year, ranking fourth in the American League in walks (36) and owning a .375 on-base percentage. He also knocked his seventh double of the season in the game. He's not hitting for much average or power, but atop the surprisingly capable Astros lineup he should continue to be a decent source for runs, if not much else.

Dexter Fowler CF HOU 2 Months

Dexter Fowler reached all five times he was up and scored the winning run on Matt Dominguez's hit in the bottom of the ninth as the Astros topped the Rangers 5-4 on Wednesday.

The Astros overcame a 4-0 deficit for perhaps their best win of the year. Fowler finished 3-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored. He's been of little help in fantasy leagues since a big first week, but he has really upped his OBP of late with seven hits and nine walks in his last six games.

Dexter Fowler CF HOU 3 Months

Dexter Fowler went 1-for-5 with two steals and a run scored on Monday against the Mariners.

He hasn't broken free from his season-opening slump, but owners will take encouraging signs when they present themselves. Over the past two days, Fowler has swiped his first three bags of the campaign. He's also reached base by either hit or walk seven times in Houston's last four games. Fowler is slashing an ugly .206/.265/.333 with just one homer and three RBI through 63 at-bats.

Dexter Fowler CF HOU 3 Months

Dexter Fowler continued to slump on Thursday, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts against the Royals.

Fowler opened the season 6-for-12 with four extra-base hits in three games, but since returning from a brief illness on April 8, he's 3-for-36 with one extra-base hit and 11 strikeouts. The Astros could consider taking him out of the leadoff spot for a bit, but they really don't have anyone to replace him there with Jonathan Villar and Alex Presley also scuffling.

Dexter Fowler CF HOU 3 Months

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.

Dexter Fowler CF HOU 4 Months

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.