On Monday afternoon, the Colorado Rockies activated Dexter Fowler off of the 15-day disabled list and kept him in Triple-A Colorado Springs. This comes as no surprise, as rookie Charlie Blackmon has proven quite adaptable to the majors in his first go-around. Fowler, on the other hand, still remains a work in progress (Blackmon is too, but his production shows early success).â†µ
Before going on the DL with an abdominal strain in early June, Fowler hit .237 with a .688 OPS and was striking out in 31.4 percent of his at-bats. His rehab in the Springs hasn't been pretty: .107/.138/.143 in six games. Now he'll receive plenty of at-bats in the Springs to work things out.
But while he does that, Charlie Blackmon will continue to prove he belongs in the majors. He's hitting to an early tune of .378/.391/.400 through 12 games. We're still looking for a bit more oomph out of his bat, hitting one double for his lone extra-base hit in 45 at-bats. He has only one walk, but then he won't draw many of those in his approach at the plate. He's playing left field right now, while Carlos Gonzalez patrols center.â†µ
For now, Fowler needs to fix things with his switch-hitting before he comes back to the majors. Then the Rockies need to make the hard choices.â†µ