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Rox scratch Fowler from lineup due to hand injury

Rox scratch Fowler from lineup due to hand injury

Rox scratch Fowler from lineup due to hand injury

DENVER -- The Rockies aborted an attempt to return switch-hitting outfielder Dexter Fowler to the lineup Friday night against Giants left-hander Barry Zito. The belief was batting from the right side would be easier on Fowler's ailing right hand and wrist, but the Rockies scratched him just before first pitch.

Fowler was hit on the right ring finger by a pitch from the Nationals' Ross Detwiler on June 13, and was in and out of the lineup throughout the Rockies' nine-game road trip. He went 0-for-4 Monday, reported pain in the right wrist, and hasn't played since. He went 3-for-19 while playing five games during a road trip that saw the Rockies go 2-7.

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Two X-rays on his finger and an MRI this week on his wrist have not revealed structural damage.

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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