The Houston Astros charged out to a hot start to their season thanks in large part to the contributions of their new center fielder Dexter Fowler. Unfortunately they were without him Friday night and might be for another game or two, as a stomach issue for Fowler became so severe that it sent him to the hospital.
Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports:
Astros center fielder Dexter Fowler was in the hospital Friday night because of a stomach bug, Astros manager Bo Porter said after an 11-1 loss to the Angels at Minute Maid Park. Porter was considering a late visit to Fowler in the hospital.
‘They’re running some tests and we’ll have more information once they finish running the tests,’ Porter said Friday night. ‘But he’s obviously having some stomach issues. I don’t have all the information. It got to the point where he did have to go to the hospital.’
Drellich also notes that the team initially thought Fowler was simply dehydrated before it appeared that things might be more serious. Many times these stomach issues come and go quickly, not forcing athletes to miss more than a game or two, but it sounds like it still might be a little bit of time before things are determined with Fowler.
Fowler is batting .500 (6-12) in three games this season.