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Rockies activate Dexter Fowler from DL, send him to Triple-A

Jun 20, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

Dexter Fowler AP

As expected, the Rockies have activated Dexter Fowler from the disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A instead of bringing the center fielder back to the big-league roster.

Fowler’s abdominal injury actually kept him from being demoted to Triple-A last month and since then the Rockies have repeatedly talked about the switch-hitter needing to improve his swing from the left side of the plate, to the point that the reporters covering the team have taken that weakness as gospel despite Fowler actually hitting better from the left side last season.

The bigger problem is that Fowler has hit just .225 with a .646 OPS in 172 career games away from Coors Field. He’s a prime candidate to be traded before July 31, but in the meantime he’s an injury away from returning to Colorado in at least a part-time role.

  1. poseidonsfist - Jun 20, 2011 at 4:35 PM

    Totally disagree that Fowler is a prime trade candidate. I’d be shocked if he were dealt. The Rockies SOP is the opposite of trading young, cheap assets at their lowest value. Instead, they pretty much universally hold on to those types as long as possible until they succeed, or get released for little to no return.

    As for his LH swing, I have defended it as much as anyone, but there most definitely is something to it instead of empty rhetoric that blind journalists bought into. His LH splits in the first half last year were beyond terrible, and he has K’d on ~35% of at bats LH this year. His splits remain respectable in part due to babip splits this year and a run of terror after a AAA stint last season,when he came up with a different stance and hand position, now abandoned.

    He doesn’t need to abandon switch hitting, but his raw splits don’t illustrate his very real need to work on his swing from the left side. with Charlie Blackmon hitting, allowing him to work on it in AAA makes a lot of sense.

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