Fowler placed on 15-day DL with intercostal strain

Fowler placed on 15-day DL with intercostal strain

HOUSTON -- After missing four games with a right intercostal strain, the Astros placed outfielder Dexter Fowler on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday.

Manager Bo Porter has emphasized that he didn't want or expect to Fowler to go on the disabled list, but the team decided it was the best move to make Tuesday. General manager Jeff Luhnow said Fowler met with the doctor Monday night, and the team realized the team needed to be more careful with the injury than they originally thought.

Anthony Bass has been out since May 11 with a similar injury.

"It was going to be another seven days before he was going to be able to even have a chance to play in a game," general manager Jeff Luhnow said. "Add that to the four days we already had, you're talking very close to 15 days."

Fowler had started 75 of Houston's first 80 games this season prior to the back issue, however, this is his second extended absence of the season after a stomach issue kept him out for four games back in April.

He was batting .270 with six homers and 24 RBIs this season.

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