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Fowler to join Altuve in Japan

Astros outfielder Dexter Fowler said Saturday he had accepted an invitation to play for the MLB All-Star team during the All-Star Series 2014, which is a five-game series against Japan’s national team next month in Japan.

Fowler was invited by the Major League Baseball Players Association to join the tour, which includes Astros teammate Jose Altuve. Fowler hit .276 with a .375 on-base percentage and eight homers and 35 RBIs in his first season with the Astros.

“It’s an honor to be accepted to represent MLB in Japan for the Japanese tour,” Fowler said. “I’m very excited and humbled at the opportunity.”

The team, which will be managed by John Farrell, includes MLB All-Stars Robinson Cano of the Seattle Mariners, Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles, Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

The first game will be held on Nov. 12 at the Kyocera Dome in Osaka, with games two through five at the Tokyo Dome Nov. 14-16. The fifth and final game will be No. 18 at the Sapporo Dome in Sapporo. Two exhibition games will complement the five-game series, with one game in Osaka (Koshien Stadium) and the other in Okinawa (Okinawa Cellular Stadium).

Astros injury updates

Here’s the latest on the injured Astros:

  • 2B Jose Altuve was out of the lineup Saturday one day after leaving Friday’s game with neck discomfort. The good news for the Astros is Altuve said he felt much better and expected to be back in the lineup Sunday. “They just told me to sit the bench today, and I’m going to be ready to pinch-hit and pinch-run,” he said.
  • OF Alex Presley took batting practice on the field Saturday for the first time since he injured his oblique swinging the bat a month ago and said things went well. He could begin a Minor League rehab stint any day. “I’m looking forward to getting out there,” he said. “It’s been a while.”
  • OF George Springer took batting practice Saturday, but it remains a mystery when he’ll be activated. Springer tweaked his injured left quad during a Minor League rehab assignment earlier this week. “My speed is my game and it’s hard not to have that, so it’s one of those things you just to be smart and go whenever I can go,” he said. “The ultimate goal is to be 100 percent, so hopefully I can get back out there soon.”
  • OF Dexter Fowler could return to the Astros’ lineup any day. Astros manager Bo Porter said Saturday that Fowler was scheduled to have four at-bats as designated hitter in his second game on rehab assignment at Triple-A Oklahoma City. He was 2-for-3 with an RBI in his first game on Friday against Iowa. “When you play and you’re playing consecutive days and we don’t have any ill effects from what put you on the disabled list, you’re ready to go,” Porter said. “He’s not down there to prove he can hit. He’s down there to prove he’s healthy.”

 

Fowler rejoins team, not in lineup

Astros outfielder Dexter Fowler rejoined the team Monday following a bout with a stomach virus that had kept him at home for a few days and even put him in the hospital for a night. He told reporters feeling better, but was still unavailable to play.

Fowler, who has lost eight pounds during the ordeal, hasn’t played since Thursday, when he went 2-for -4 for the third game in a row. He was set to travel with the team to Toronto for a three-game series against the Blue Jays beginning Tuesday.

“I’m pretty weak right now,” Fowler said. “I’m going to see if I can eat some food now. I haven’t eaten in three days. It’s all been liquids and rice and stuff. I’m getting better and just happy everything has slowed down a little bit and I can go out there and be with the team.”

Fowler was in good spirits as he joked around with teammates prior to Monday’s game.

“I’m just happy to be around the guys,” he said. “I was happy for them [for Sunday’s win]. I missed them a lot.”

The Astros haven’t definitely missed Fowler at the top of the lineup, but manager Bo Porter understands Fowler needs to build up his strength. Fowler went 6-for-12 in the team’s first three games with two doubles, a triple and a homer.

“One of the best decisions the doctor made was allowing him to rest the last few days instead of trying to rush him back,” Porter said. “He showed up today in better condition than he would have shown up yesterday, so that’s promising.”

Fowler said he hasn’t been told what caused the virus and said doctors are still doing tests.

“It happens,” he said. “It’s part of life. Like I said, it’s a blessing that it wasn’t worse than it was. It was pretty bad, but luckily I’m still not hospitalized.”

Astros still without ailing Fowler

At home recuperating from a stomach virus that had forced him to the hospital, Astros center fielder Dexter Fowler wasn’t at the ballpark for Sunday’s game against the Angels. Manager Bo Porter said doctors wanted him to continue to rest at home.

“We’ll continue to monitor it and hopefully get him back soon,” Porter said.

When asked if Fowler would be available to travel to the team to Toronto for a three-game series against the Blue Jays beginning Tuesday, Porter wasn’t sure.

“When you start talking about a virus running through your body, it takes time,” he said. “We don’t know how much longer it’s going to be. We know the doctors are treating him and we’ll see how the rest of [Sunday] goes.”

Fowler hasn’t played since going 6-for-12 in the Astros’ season-opening series win over the Yankees. He went 2-for-4 in each of the three games with two doubles, a triple and a home run, becoming the first player to record at least two runs and two extra-base hits in the first two games of a season since Barry Bonds in 2002.

“He was off to a great start, and we like having that guy at the top of the lineup and manning center field,” Porter said. “Not only that, the energy he brings to the ballclub off the field as well is missed in all those areas.”

While the Astros have missed Fowler, they’re fortunate to have Alex Presley available to play center field in his absence (he started Friday and Sunday). The Astros were going to carry 13 pitchers to enter the season before claiming Presley off waivers just prior to the start of the season in a move that has been beneficial.

“It was definitely something you look at now and had we not made that decision, it would have been very difficult with everything that’s happened to Dexter the last few days here,” Porter said.

HOUSTON ASTROS vs. LOS ANGELES ANGELS
MINUTE MAID PARK – HOUSTON, TX
APRIL 6, 2014 – 1:10 PM CT
LOS ANGELES ANGELS (2-3) HOUSTON ASTROS (2-3)
Player Player
RF Kole Calhoun (L) SS Jonathan Villar (S)
CF Mike Trout LF Robbie Grossman (S)
1B Albert Pujols C Jason Castro (L)
LF Josh Hamilton (L) 2B Jose Altuve
3B David Freese 1B Jesus Guzman
DH Raul Ibanez (L) DH Marc Krauss (L)
2B Howie Kendrick 3B Matt Dominguez
C Hank Conger (S) CF Alex Presley (L)
SS Erick Aybar (S) RF L.J. Hoes
Starting Pitcher Starting Pitcher
RHP Jered Weaver RHP Scott Feldman

Grossman to bat second for Astros

The one certainty manager Bo Porter had entering Spring Training has changed, thanks to Robbie Grossman.

Porter, who proclaimed in the winter Dexter Fowler would hit leadoff, Jose Altuve would bat second and Jason Castro would hit third, said Wednesday that Grossman has played his way into the No. 2 spot in the order behind Fowler. Altuve and Castro could switch, depending on the opposing pitcher.

“That combination will be our top four,” Porter said.

Grossman, a switch-hitter, has been a high-on base player throughout his career (.381 in Minor League career) and last year posted a .332 on-base percentage in his Major League debut, including .351 after he was called up for his second stint.

“That thinking has changed a little bit just looking at Fowler and Grossman as two guys that get on base at a high percentage and again just trying to get as many guys on base in front of arguably our best two hitters, Jason and Altuve,” Porter said. “It’s about lineup construction and putting yourself in the best position to score runs given the opponent and the pitcher we’re facing that night.”

 

Rockies acquire Lyles, Barnes from Astros for Fowler

The Astros on Tuesday acquired outfielder Dexter Fowler and a player to be named later from the Rockies in exchange for outfielder Brandon Barnes and right-handed pitcher Jordan Lyles.

Fowler, 27, hit .263 with 18 doubles, 12 home runs, 42 RBIs, 19 stolen bases, 65 walks and a .369 on-base percentage in 119 games with Colorado last season. The switch-hitting outfielder started 106 games in center field for the Rockies in 2013 and has been Colorado’s primary center fielder for the last five seasons (2009-13).

Barnes, 27, hit .240 with eight home runs and 41 RBIs in 136 games in what was his rookie season in 2013. He appeared in 179 Major League games over the last two seasons (2012-13) with the Astros. Barnes was originally a sixth-round pick by Houston in the 2005 draft.

Lyles, 23, went 7-9 with one save and a 5.59 ERA in 27 games (25 starts) with the Astros last season. He appeared in 72 games (65 starts) for the Astros since his MLB debut in 2011. Lyles was originally a supplemental first-round draft pick by Houston in the 2008 draft.

– Brian McTaggart

 

With the addition of Fowler and the removals of Barnes and Lyles, the Astros 40-man roster is now at 36 players.

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