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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 MLB.com 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, MLB.com'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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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.