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Presley lands on DL at inopportune time

Strained right oblique prevents outfielder from filling in for injured Fowler

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ARLINGTON -- The timing couldn't have been worse for Astros outfielder Alex Presley. Finally getting a chance to play every day with Dexter Fowler on the disabled list, Presley is joining him on the shelf with a strained right oblique suffered swinging the bat in the eighth inning Monday.

"It's bad timing," he said. "It was a good chance for me to get a lot of at-bats with Dexter being out. It's just unfortunate."

Presley was hitting .252 with five homers and 13 RBIs in 70 games this year, including a home run in Monday's win over the Rangers. He had started seven of the Astros' previous nine games in center field since Fowler went on the disabled list and was hitting .342 (13-for-38) in that span.

"It definitely helps knowing that there's a good chance you're going to be back out there regardless if you had a tough game," he said. "Mentally, being here and knowing you're going to be in there definitely helped me out. It's bad timing, but you can't do anything about it."

Presley has never had an oblique injury before, but knows they can be tricky to heal. He didn't do any baseball-related drills Tuesday and will rest over the All-Star break with hopes of returning in two weeks.

"That's all I can do is whatever treatment they have for me in there and try not to irritate it as much as possible," he said.

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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