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Fowler out due to bruised knuckle following HBP

Fowler out due to bruised knuckle following HBP

Fowler out due to bruised knuckle following HBP

DENVER -- The Rockies didn't start center fielder Dexter Fowler against the Phillies on Friday night because of a bruised right ring knuckle that he injured Thursday when he was hit by a pitch against the Nationals.

"It's sore -- hand injuries are tough in this game," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "It's tough to play baseball with an injury to your hand. He's definitely getting better. Hopefully, he'll be available in some capacity [Friday night]."

This week the Rockies remade their roster to go with 13 pitchers, which led to the decision to designate Eric Young Jr. for assignment and go with four outfielders. Now two of the four are compromised -- Fowler and Carlos Gonzalez, who suffered a bruised left foot when he was hit with a foul ball while in the on-deck circle on Thursday. Gonzalez was in the lineup Friday, but with the foot and tendinitis in his left knee, he was going to be well under 100 percent.

Weiss said the Rockies considered calling up an outfielder from Triple-A Colorado Springs but held off, believing the outfielders will heal within a few days.

If there are further injuries to the outfield, utility man Jonathan Herrera is the first infielder that would see time in the outfield. He spent part of Thursday's game in left, and first baseman Jordan Pacheco finished the game in left when the lineup had to be further shuffled after shortstop Troy Tulowizki suffered a rib injury that will keep him out 4-6 weeks.

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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