Colorado Rockies center fielder Dexter Fowler was taken out of the game Friday night against the Tampa Bay Rays after injuring his right hip. The injury does not seem serious, but it could keep him out of Saturday night’s contest.
Fowler suffered the right hip flexor strain after he ran into Tampa Bay first baseman Sean Rodriguez in an attempt to beat out the throw. The reason it was a close call at first was because Fowler decided to act on his own and bunt over the runners on first and second. It was not a hard collision, but it was certainly enough for Fowler to be in some pain.
“I just landed weird,” Fowler said, according to Rockies.com. “It’s fine. It just tightened up on me. I knew it wasn’t that serious. I just tweaked it a little bit.”
It does not appear to be anything that will keep Fowler out of the lineup for long, which is a good thing considering how well he is playing. The 27-year-old is currently on an 11-game hit streak in which he is batting .400 with one home run and five RBI over that span.
Fowler is a huge reason why the Rockies are off to such a fast start and tied with the San Francisco Giants for first place in the National League West. He is off to the best start of his six-year career in which he has posted a .310 batting average, a team- high eight home runs, 15 RBI, four doubles, one triple and four stolen bases in 100 at-bats.