By Evan Brunell
Dexter Fowler has been in danger of losing his starting job in center field for some time now but avoided a demotion when he injured his left abdomen.
That opened the door for hot prospect Charlie Blackmon to receive a promotion, and it's questionable if Fowler will return to being a starter once he's healthy. After impressing in each of the last two seasons, he's taken a major step back this year with a .238/.340/.348 line, which has the Rockies thinking about removing Fowler's switch-hitting abilities, the Denver Post reports.
Batting as a lefty, Fowler has a career .243/.338/.380 line against right-handers. When he switches sides to face lefties, he hits at a .282/.369/.414 clip. The Post writes that Fowler's struggles come from a long swing path, exposing him to hard pitches down and in that he can't square up.
It's not clear how long Fowler will be out as he's letting his injury heal before beginning baseball activities.
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