SAN FRANCISCO -- Rockies center fielder Dexter Fowler sat out for the third straight game Monday night, and the ninth time in the last 12, because of a twisted left knee.
This year Fowler has seen his batting average plummet when he tried to play through a bruised right index finger in June, saw the pain move to his right wrist to force him to the disabled list for nine games and now has his effectiveness or availability compromised by the knee issues.
Outside of his .262 batting average -- a dramatic drop from last year's .300 in 143 games -- Fowler has put up solid numbers in 113 games. He has a career-high 12 home runs, plus he has 18 doubles, 42 RBIs and 19 stolen bases, and his .369 on-base percentage is the second-highest of his career.
Fowler admits fighting frustration.
"You get hurt, get back and get hurt again, but there's nothing you can really do about it," Fowler said. "This offseason maybe you work on durability and stuff like that, but some injuries you can't control."
Manager Walt Weiss said there is a 50-50 chance Fowler could return for the current three-game series with the Giants.
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.