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Dexter Fowler sent home “indefinitely” with gastroenteritis

Apr 6, 2014, 5:25 PM EDT

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From beat writer Evan Drellich at the Houston Chronicle:

The Astros center fielder was hospitalized for Friday night before he was released Saturday because of gastroenteritis. The plan was to have him report to Minute Maid Park on Sunday, even if he couldn’t play right away.

Fowler instead will remain at home indefinitely, and it’s unclear if he will be on the trip to Toronto, where the Astros start a three-game series with the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

Gastroenteritis is a stomach infection that carries flu-like symptoms. It’s not serious, but the Astros want to be careful.

“He’s at home resting, and the doctor wanted him to continue to rest,” manager Bo Porter told the Houston media before Sunday afternoon’s game against the Angels. “I’m not going to speak to (whether Fowler goes to Toronto). You don’t know — when you start talking about … a virus running through your body, that takes time. We don’t know how much longer it’s going to be, we just know that the doctors are treating him.”

Fowler was off to a scorching start for his new team, boasting four extra-base hits in three games.

  1. sfm073 - Apr 6, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    Now I don’t feel so bad going to the er for the same thing.

  2. jb8588 - Apr 7, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    This is definitely something not to mess around with. My fiance had this back last June for over two weeks…and it was awful. Had to take her to the ER twice because the dehydration was so bad and because it is a virus there isn’t much you can do except let it run its course. By the time it was gone she had lost over 15 pounds. Crazy how bad it can get.

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