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Fowler again limited to pinch-hit duties

Fowler again limited to pinch-hit duties

Fowler again limited to pinch-hit duties
DENVER -- In Monday's series opener against the Dodgers, Dexter Fowler missed his fifth start since rolling his ankle running the bases in Wednesday's win against the Mets in New York. He pinch-hit Saturday and Sunday against the Cubs in Chicago, and is not yet ready to play the field.

"I'd have to say [he's available for] nothing beyond what he's done the last couple days," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "The fly ball that he hit leading off the top of the sixth inning [Sunday], coming out of the box and moving to first base, he was very ginger on that ankle."

Fowler has a career year in the works, hitting .305 with 12 home runs, 44 RBIs and a league-best 11 triples.

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"I don't think right now that we have a major issue moving forward, straight ahead, but cutting and quick jab steps, routes that would be taken in the outfield, those type of things, those are still issues," Tracy said. "If a ball were to come out to him where he'd have to dive in order to make a play or something like that, we'd still have issues."

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