Fowler on the upswing against righties

Fowler on the upswing against righties

DENVER -- Rockies center fielder Dexter Fowler has a simple answer to a difficult problem.

The switch-hitting Fowler began the year struggling from the right side, especially with sliders that jammed him inside. Fowler was hitless against right-handers until Sunday, when he tripled off the Padres' Jon Garland in the Rockies' 4-2 victory.

So what does Fowler do with the pitch that's mainly responsible for him going 1-for-9 against righties?

"Don't swing if it's a ball," said Fowler, who is 4-for-10 batting right-handed.

Rockies manager Jim Tracy said before Sunday's game, which Fowler didn't start, that he'd still get chances against right-handed pitching since Fowler had similar difficulty last year as a rookie and turned things around in the second half. Can one at-bat be a signal that he's arrested his difficulty early this year?

"You can hit all day in batting practice, but seeing it from a live arm is different," Fowler said. "The more at-bats, the more pitches I see -- that's what will get me locked in. It's great to have the manager with confidence behind you. You always have confidence in yourself, but for him to tell everybody that he has confidence in me is a booster."