Fowler leaves game after aggravating knee

Fowler leaves game after aggravating knee

Fowler leaves game after aggravating knee

SAN DIEGO -- Rockies center fielder Dexter Fowler aggravated the left knee injury that cost him six games last week, and he had to be removed from Friday night's 4-3 loss to the Padres before the bottom of the sixth inning.

The injury occurred in the fifth, when Fowler stole second base -- his 19th steal this season. His left knee hit the bag, then slammed into his right foot and ankle. Rockies head athletic trainer Keith Dugger tended to Fowler on the field, and he finished the inning and played the bottom of the fifth on the field.

It was Fowler's third game back from sitting out with a twisted left knee. The removal from Friday's game continues a difficult, injury-filled season for Fowler, who was hitting .302 with a .399 on-base percentage as of June 13, the day he was hit on the right hand by a pitch. Fowler played with the injury briefly, then went on the disabled list and missed 14 games.

Playing through his various injuries, Fowler is batting.262, but with a still-healthy .369 on-base percentage. He went 1-for-2 with his 18th double of the season, a walk and a run on Friday.

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.