"He's better, but he's still sore enough that I'm going to keep him out," manager Walt Weiss said.
Weiss said Fowler's current injury is on the same hand that was struck by a ball as he attempted to bunt June 13, but the soreness is in a different spot on that hand. The two injuries are likely related, but the injury that sidelined him for the series finale in Boston and again Thursday may have surfaced later.
Since he was pulled in the fifth inning two weeks ago against Washington, Fowler has gone just 4-for-23 (.174) with four walks and seven strikeouts.
Ian McCue is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.