Fowler has cleared waivers and was assigned to the Pirates' alternate training site Wednesday, Jake Crouse of MLB.com reports.
Fowler was DFA'd by Pittsburgh on Thursday, and he'll remain with the club going forward. The 26-year-old appeared in each of the first 18 games of the season and was in the starting lineup on 12 of those occasions. During that time, he slashed .171/.239/.195 with two RBI and 20 strikeouts in 41 at-bats.
Fowler was designated for assignment by the Pirates on Thursday.
Fowler started 12 of the Pirates' first 18 games in center field but did very little with his opportunities, hitting .171/.239/.195 while striking out 43.5 percent of the time. With Anthony Alford also getting designated for assignment this week, the Pirates might slide Bryan Reynolds over to center field or turn to Ka'ai Tom, who was claimed off waivers from Oakland on Wednesday.
Fowler will hit the bench for Saturday's game against the Brewers.
Brewers starter Brett Anderson will be just the third southpaw the Pirates have faced all season. Fowler has sat against all three of them. Anthony Alford gets the nod in center field in his absence.
Fowler is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Padres, Jake Crouse of MLB.com reports.
Pirates manager Derek Shelton will play matchups with lefty Blake Snell on the bump for San Diego, so the lefty-hitting Fowler takes a seat in place of the switch-hitting Wilmer Difo. Fowler appears to have captured a large-side platoon role in center field, but with just four hits in 22 at-bats to begin the season, he presumably has little job security.
Fowler went 1-for-3 with an RBI double in Sunday's 7-1 victory over the Cubs.
He also made a fine running grab in center field. Sunday's effort was particularly important because Fowler has struggled for the most part in in 2021. The double was his first extra-base hit and lifted his slash line to .222/.286/.278 in 21 plate appearances. Fellow center fielder Anthony Alford is still looking for his first hit after 15 at-bats, but there has been discussion of moving Bryan Reynolds from left field to center in an effort to keep Phillip Evans in the lineup after Ke'Bryan Hayes (wrist) returns.
Fowler isn't starting Saturday's game against the Cubs.
Even with right-hander Zach Davies on the mound for the Cubs on Saturday, Fowler will take a seat after he went 3-for-14 with one RBI, one stolen base and six strikeouts to begin the season. Anthony Alford will start in center field Saturday, batting eighth.
Fowler will start in center field and bat eighth Thursday against the Cubs.
Manager Derek Shelton has yet to formally name an everyday center fielder, but based on how the Pirates' lineups have shaken out the past few days, Fowler seems to have captured the larger side of a platoon with Anthony Alford. Fowler will be in the lineup Thursday for a third consecutive matchup with a right-hander (Jake Arrieta), while Alford's lone start in the last four games came versus Reds lefty Wade Miley. Fowler has gone 3-for-12 with five strikeouts to begin the season, so he likely doesn't have much job security.
Fowler went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts in a 4-3 loss to the Reds on Monday.
Fowler made his second start in center field Monday. He's hitless since collecting an Opening Day pinch-hit single -- 1-for-8 in all -- and has done little to warrant additional playing time. Fellow center fielder Anthony Alford's struggles are one of the few reasons why Fowler might see more opportunities in the short term.
Fowler will bat eighth and start in center field Saturday against the Cubs.
The left-handed hitter will face righty Jake Arrieta. Fowler collected a pinch-hit single Opening Day, only to fail to later tag up from third base on a would-be sacrifice fly. Fowler could see a bump in potential fantasy value if his starts against right-handed pitching become a trend. The team's other center-field option, Anthony Alford, went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts Thursday, though he did walk twice.
Pirates general manager Ben Cherington said Monday that Fowler will be included on the 26-man Opening Day roster, Kevin Gorman of TribLive.com reports.
Pittsburgh elected to keep Anthony Alford and Fowler as its primary options in center field over non-roster invitee Brian Goodwin, who was reassigned to minor-league camp Monday. Alford is expected to handle everyday duties in center, likely relegating Fowler to a fourth-outfielder role to begin the season. Utility man Phillip Evans is also a candidate to fill in at either corner spot when starters Bryan Reynolds or Gregory Polanco require a day off.
Fowler went 1-for-2 with a bases-clearing double off the right-field wall Sunday against Baltimore.
He saw his first action in left field Sunday after serving as the team's designated hitter Saturday. General manager Ben Cherington recently said he foresaw Fowler as a backup corner outfielder following the team's recent waiver acquisition, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him take on a bigger role if injuries force starters like Gregory Polanco to the sideline.
Manager Derek Shelton expects Fowler to primarily serve as a back-up corner outfielder, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
"I would expect him to play both corners," Shelton said. "We may drift him into center a little bit. We need outfield depth, and to be able to acquire him was good for us." Given right fielder Gregory Polanco's penchant for injury, there is a chance that Fowler could see more playing time than is expected. In 2019, the 26-year-old hit .277 with 25 homers and 12 stolen bases at Triple-A before spending last summer as part of Oakland's alternative training site.
Fowler was traded from the Athletics to the Pirates on Wednesday in exchange for cash considerations, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
The 26-year-old was designated for assignment by Oakland earlier this week, and he'll head to Pittsburgh for a change of scenery. Fowler last appeared in the majors in 2018 with a .224/.256/.354 slash line in 203 plate appearances. He had an .810 OPS in 130 games at the Triple-A level in 2019 and should provide organizational outfield depth for the Pirates.
The Athletics designated Fowler for assignment Monday, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
The transaction clears room on the Athletics' 40-man roster for reliever Trevor Rosenthal, who agreed to a one-year, $11 million contract with the club. Acquired from the Yankees in July 2017 as one of three prospects the Athletics received in exchange for Sonny Gray, Fowler was the first of the trio to reach the big leagues, but he hadn't made an appearance for Oakland since 2018. Fowler likely wasn't near the top of the list for an early call-up this season after slashing a mediocre .277/.333/.477 in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League in 2019, so Oakland elected to cast the outfielder off the 40-man roster. He'll likely head back to Triple-A Las Vegas to open the upcoming campaign if he goes unclaimed off waivers.
Fowler was sent to Triple-A Las Vegas on Monday, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
Fowler joined Sheldon Neuse in being jettisoned from major-league camp, as the Athletics trimmed down their player pool to 41. The 25-year-old outfielder did little to make a case for an Opening Day roster spot across 12 Cactus League games, hitting just .080 (2-for-25) with two doubles and four RBI. Fowler, who logged 69 games with the Athletics back in 2018, spent the entirety of last season with Triple-A Las Vegas, where he slashed .277/.333/.477 with 54 extra-base hits (22 doubles, seven triples, 25 home runs) and 89 RBI across 130 games while taking advantage of the hitter-friendly conditions of the Pacific Coast League.
Fowler is 4-for-10 with two home runs, four RBI and three runs over his first two games with Triple-A Las Vegas.
The 24-year-old was optioned to the Aviators out of big-league camp back on March 12, as the Athletics simply had too crowded an outfield for Fowler to carve out a spot. He struggled in his first exposure to big-league arms in 2018 while generating a .224/.256/.354 line across 203 plate appearances, but he's off to a good start with respect to replicating his success last season at the Triple-A level (.341/.364/.520).
Fowler was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday, Julian McWilliams of The Athletic reports.
Fowler is hitting .293 so far this spring, but that won't be enough for him to break into a crowded Oakland outfield. He'll wait for an injury to open up a spot.
Fowler entered Tuesday's 4-1 Cactus League win over the Rangers as a pinch runner in the sixth inning and smacked a solo home run in his one plate appearance. He scored twice overall.
The young outfielder already has a pair of homers and six total hits in 22 spring at-bats. Fowler had his moments as a rookie last season, but he finished 2018 with a pedestrian .224/.256/.354 line that included 11 extra-base hits (three doubles, two triples and six home runs) and 23 RBI across 203 plate appearances. Fowler is battling for a major-league roster spot in a relatively crowded outfield that added Robbie Grossman this offseason. However, his ability to fill in at both left and center field could give him a leg up if he's able to continue producing at the plate for the balance of the exhibition slate.
Fowler was recalled from Triple-A Nashville on Friday.
As expected, Fowler is back with the A's after spending a little less than a month in the minors following an underwhelming 59-game stint with the big club earlier in the year (.231/260/.328, though he did have six homers and six steals). The 23-year-old should get an opportunity to prove himself down the stretch, though with the A's in a playoff race, he may be utilized primarily as a pinch runner or defensive replacement if he struggles at the plate.
Fowler was removed from Triple-A Nashville's game Thursday after just one at-bat and is expected to be promoted to the Athletics on Friday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
The outfielder's return would come 30 days after he was sent back down to the Sounds following a forgettable 14-game major-league stint in July (.180 average, one home run, four RBI). Fowler has been much better at the minor-league level this season, slashing .341/.364/.520 across 55 games in Nashville. With rosters expanding Saturday and the Sounds' season approaching its conclusion, Fowler could have ample opportunity to improve on his major-league body of work in September.
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