Fowler was optioned to Triple-A Nashville on Wednesday. Fowler will head to the minor leagues after hitting just .180 with one homer and four RBI through 14 games in July. He figures to return to the big leagues when the rosters expand in September, if not sooner.
Fowler is out of the lineup Sunday against the Rockies, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Fowler has been on the bench for all three games of the Athletics' series in Colorado and may have surrendered his everyday role in center field to Nick Martini. Over 15 contests in July, Fowler has supplied an ugly .192 on-base percentage, a sizable drop from his already less-than-stellar .260 season mark.
Fowler isn't in Saturday's lineup against the Rockies. Fowler will get his second straight day off, as Nick Martini is slated to lead off and man center field. Fowler has gone just 2-for-11 with a triple and one RBI over his previous five games.
Fowler is not in the lineup against Colorado on Friday. Fowler will head to the bench with left-hander Kyle Freeland on the mound for the Rockies. In his place, Mark Canha will start in center field and bat seventh.
Fowler is out of the lineup against the Rangers on Wednesday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Fowler will remain on the bench for the fourth time in the past five games with the Athletics facing yet another southpaw (Martin Perez). Mark Canha will draw another start in center field in his absence. Look for Fowler to get back in the lineup Thursday versus right-hander Bartolo Colon.