Cowart could see a significant reduction in playing time following the acquisition of Brandon Phillips. The 25-year-old got off to a hot start after taking over at the keystone July 25, but his production has tailed off significantly over his last 20 contests (.132/.193/.264). Cowart's recent struggles coupled with the acquisition of a proven veteran second baseman at the waiver deadline will likely result in a bench role going forward.
Cowart is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Astros, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports. Cowart is hitless in his last three starts and will head to the bench ahead of the Angels' series finale against Charlie Morton and the first-place Astros. Cliff Pennington will take over at second base and bat ninth.
Cowart is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Rangers, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports. Cowart is hitting just .143 against lefty pitching this season -- compared to .288 against right-handers -- so he'll get the day off with southpaw Martin Perez toeing the rubber for the Rangers. Cliff Pennington will take over at the keystone for him, batting ninth.
Cowart went 2-for-5 with a three-run home run in a 10-1 victory over the Rangers on Tuesday. The 25-year-old got back on track after going 2-for-22 (.091) in his previous 10 games. Despite his recent struggles, Cowart has slashed a healthy .275/.333/.493 in 25 games while serving on the strong side of a platoon at second base with Cliff Pennington. His fantasy value is limited while stationed at the bottom of the Halos' lineup, but the converted third baseman possesses enough upside to warrant consideration in deeper leagues in which he has acquired second base eligibility.
Cowart is not in the lineup Sunday against the Orioles, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports. Cowart is just 3-for-29 (.103) over his last 12 games, so he'll head to the bench for Sunday's series finale to clear his head. Cliff Pennington is starting in his place at the keystone.
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