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Fowler feeling healthy as his A's chapter begins

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MESA, Ariz. -- All 59 players in A's camp took to the field for Monday's first full-squad workout injury-free, a group that included outfielder Dustin Fowler.

The 23-year-old Fowler, who underwent surgery on an open rupture of his right patellar tendon just seven months ago, got through all of the day's activities without any issues.

MESA, Ariz. -- All 59 players in A's camp took to the field for Monday's first full-squad workout injury-free, a group that included outfielder Dustin Fowler.

The 23-year-old Fowler, who underwent surgery on an open rupture of his right patellar tendon just seven months ago, got through all of the day's activities without any issues.

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The only abnormal aspect of the workout?

"It felt weird wearing green and gold," Fowler said, smiling.

Otherwise, "it was good," he said. "It was a long time coming, but everything felt good, felt normal. So we'll come in tomorrow and see what kind of soreness we have and go from there, but I was happy with how everything went."

The outfielder is scheduled to see Dr. Charles Bush-Joseph on Friday and could be cleared to play games beginning Feb. 26. The A's open Cactus League play on Friday against the Angels.

Until then, he's unrestricted in on-field activities, though he's on a slightly altered running program from the one his teammates are following as he continues to regain strength in the leg. He only feels his leg lagging on the first step or two when trying to steal a base.

"They want me to get out every ache and pain I can right now, pushing as much as we can," he said. "Pretty much I'm going to have normal days. Running in the outfield, hitting, everything, it feels just like when I left."

The A's acquired Fowler from the Yankees as part of the Sonny Gray deal last year and plan for him to be in center field on an everyday basis this season. Not before Monday had they seen him on the field.

"He's really smooth in the outfield, and he tracks the ball really well," manager Bob Melvin said. "It's really good to see. First indication is that he plays center field really well.

"You have to give the training staff some credit, him as well, for going and hitting all the marks along the way to where he's confident when he's out on the field, and I haven't seen any hesitations at all."

Worth noting
Melvin tossed batting practice to several notable veterans Monday, including Brandon Moss, who is back with the A's for the first time in four years.

"Moss still hits homers off me," Melvin admitted. "So does KD."

That would be Khris Davis, who surpassed the 40-homer mark in his first two seasons with the A's.

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.

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