Dexter Fowler began a rehab assignment at Low-A South Bend Friday night. He served as DH and walked twice in four plate appearances.
This was done, in part, in the hope that Fowler could play in Tuesday's All-Star Game. He was elected one of three starting outfielders. Unfortunately, that won't happen:
#Cubs Fowler has decided to not play in All-Star Game— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) July 9, 2016
Fowler did not have a setback but needs more time in his rehab. #Cubs— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) July 9, 2016
I'm sure Dex is disappointed, as are Cubs fans, who will still have four starting players (and two pitchers) to root for Tuesday night. I'm still hopeful he can be ready to go when the Cubs face the Rangers at Wrigley Field next Friday. Here's news on a replacement for Fowler (and also Yoenis Cespedes, who left Friday's Mets game with an injury) for the All-Star Game:
He'll surely fly to San Diego so he can be honored for his election to the N.L. All-Star team, then continue his rehab:
Fowler will resume rehab after All-Star break. Gives him more time to be ready for 2nd half. #Cubs— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) July 9, 2016
And he's also sent out these props to the South Bend Cubs:
The Southbend Cubs were so good to me & my family. Thank you for letting me intrude pic.twitter.com/2fysUGtsYQ— Dexter Fowler (@DexterFowler) July 9, 2016
Fowler's daughter, as always, is adorable. Fowler was expected to play for South Bend Saturday night; now that won't happen, either:
I wish Dex the best in his rehab. Hurry back, the big-league Cubs need you.