Cubs should know Fowler's status in next day or two
All-Star center fielder would need to play in rehab games before Tuesday's ASG
CHICAGO -- Dexter Fowler was named to his first Midsummer Classic, but the outfielder is still on the disabled list and the Cubs want to see him play in some Minor League games before saying whether he'll participate in Tuesday's All-Star Game presented by MasterCard (6:30 p.m. CT on FOX) in San Diego.
Fowler has been sidelined since June 19 with a right hamstring strain and was eligible to come off the DL on Monday.
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"He's feeling better," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said on Wednesday. "We have a potential plan as to when he'll be available. We have to know something by Thursday, Friday. The next two days will tell whether he can participate or not."
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And Maddon is talking about Fowler being ready to participate in a Minor League rehab assignment.
"If [he can play in Minors], then there's the possibility for the All-Star Game, but not sure," Maddon said. "[He'll be ready] absolutely post All-Star break for us."
Maddon talked to Fowler on Tuesday about the plan.
"He wants to play in the All-Star Game," Maddon said. "Don't anybody fault him for that. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Who knows if it will happen again. I'm all for it. The overriding concern is that he plays for us the rest of the year and he helps us get to our goal."
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Fowler was batting .290 in 64 games, and he has provided the spark at the top of the Cubs' lineup. He was one of seven Cubs players named to the National League All-Star team, joining Anthony Rizzo, Ben Zobrist, Addison Russell, Kris Bryant, Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester.