Fowler (not injury related) returned to the lineup in Monday's loss to the Royals and went 1-for-4 with a strikeout. The veteran outfielder had been sidelined on the COVID-19 injured list since Sept. 2 while taking potentially immunosuppressive medication for a stomach ailment. Now back to full health, Fowler should remain in his starting right field spot for the final week of the regular season as the Cardinals make a push for a postseason spot.
Fowler (not injury related) was activated from the COVID-19 injured list Monday, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports. Fowler has been shut down for the past three weeks while completing a medication regimen for a stomach ailment that would have put him at a higher risk for COVID-19. However, he'll now rejoin the active roster with just under a week remaining in the regular season. The 34-year-old should reclaim his role as the starting right fielder for the Cardinals as they compete for a playoff spot.
Fowler, who remains on the COVID-19 injured list, announced Sunday via his personal Instagram account that he's driving to Kansas City to meet the Cardinals ahead of Monday's series opener versus the Royals. Fowler hasn't appeared in game for the Cardinals since Sept. 1, as the outfielder has been shut down for the past three weeks while completing a medication regimen for a stomach ailment that would have made him more vulnerable than most players to COVID-19, if he were to contract the virus. The 34-year-old has apparently responded well to resuming baseball activities within the past week, and the fact that he's traveling with the big club suggests he could be activated before the end of the regular season. The Cardinals would need to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Fowler in order for him to play, but the team could easily do that by transferring Dakota Hudson (forearm) -- who is unlikely to pitch again in 2020 -- to the 45-day injured list.
Fowler (not injury related) continues to work out at Busch Stadium, and there should be a clearer indication of whether he can join the team early next week in Kansas City by Sunday, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports. Fowler has reportedly been recovering well from his workouts, so there appears to be an increasing likelihood of the veteran getting some game action in before any possible playoff run. The medication that Fowler is taking for a stomach ailment is reportedly having its intended effect, and if he's able to come off it altogether soon, the effects it has on his immune system should subside, which in turn would allow him to return to the team.
Fowler (not injury related) resumed workouts and Busch Stadium and could rejoin the Cardinals sometime next week, FOX Sports Midwest reports. The 34-year-old's status for the rest of the season has been in question due to the potential side effects of his current medication regimen, but he may be able to return to the team during the final week of the regular season. Even should that not be the case, Fowler should still be able to rejoin the team for any potential playoff run.
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