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Fowler out of lineup again due to sore right hand

DENVER -- As he continues to deal with a sore right hand, Rockies outfielder Dexter Fowler missed his second straight start in a makeup game against the Mets on Thursday.

Fowler had an MRI on his right hand Thursday, the results of which are unknown. He first injured the hand two weeks ago against the Nationals and has missed five starts since.

"He's better, but he's still sore enough that I'm going to keep him out," manager Walt Weiss said.

Weiss said Fowler's current injury is on the same hand that was struck by a ball as he attempted to bunt June 13, but the soreness is in a different spot on that hand. The two injuries are likely related, but the injury that sidelined him for the series finale in Boston and again Thursday may have surfaced later.

Since he was pulled in the fifth inning two weeks ago against Washington, Fowler has gone just 4-for-23 (.174) with four walks and seven strikeouts.

Ian McCue is an associate reporter for
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