Fowler feeling better, hopes to return Friday night

Fowler feeling better, hopes to return Friday night

HOUSTON -- In a decision that came as no surprise, the Astros aren't going to rush center fielder Dexter Fowler back before the All-Star break. Fowler was eligible to be activated on Saturday after missing the previous 14 games with a right intercostal strain, but he's now targeting Friday's game in Chicago.

"I feel all right," Fowler said Saturday. "Obviously, I'm not ready to come off the DL. I think we're going to use the All-Star break to get back."

Fowler isn't surprised the injury has taken more than two weeks to heal.

"No, they told me in the beginning that this is the type of injury that you never know what can happen," Fowler said. "It's just how your body feels and depends on how long it takes."

The only thing Fowler can do at this point is rest, which he will get plenty of in the next week when the Astros take three full days off for the All-Star break. The team will work out Thursday at U.S. Cellular Field prior to starting its series against the White Sox.

"You look at the progress which he's been able to make and the fact we have another week, it should provide more time for him to get better," manager Bo Porter said.

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for 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.