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Fowler returns after missing time with bruised knee

Fowler returns after missing time with bruised knee

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Fowler returns after missing time with bruised knee

DENVER -- While Carlos Gonzalez may not be a regular piece of the lineup for the rest of the year, the Rockies still got an offensive boost Tuesday when center fielder Dexter Fowler returned to the lineup.

Fowler missed six games after bruising his left knee in the first inning of an Aug. 26 win against the Giants. Manager Walt Weiss said for several days Fowler was nearing return, and he was back on the diamond for Colorado against the Dodgers.

"I knew he was getting close the last couple days, and he's feeling better, so we got him out," Weiss said.

Outfielders Corey Dickerson and Charlie Blackmon, along with infielder Josh Rutledge, filled in for Fowler, who's still trying to break from a slump dating to July. He's hitting .211 with two homers in his last 40 games, but drove in 11 runs in August.

Ian McCue is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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