Dexter Fowler’s time with the Sky Sox ended before Monday’s game when the Rockies told him to report to San Diego today, but he stuck around to see one more game in Colorado Springs anyway.
“I stayed to watch these guys,” Fowler said. “They’ve been great.”
And so has Fowler with the Sky Sox since being demoted on May 31. He batted .340 in 27 games with 16 extra base hits. He hit for the cycle on Fathers’ Day in front of the biggest crowd of the season.
Colorado Springs manager Stu Cole received word shortly before Monday’s loss against Portland that Fowler was headed back to the big league club, forcing him to adjust the lineup.
Cole didn’t know what corresponding roster move would make room for Fowler. Injured right fielder Brad Hawpe (bruised ribs) pinch-hit Monday, so it’s unlikely he is headed to the disabled list.
Todd Helton missed the series opener in San Diego with an injury, so perhaps he’s headed for the DL. At this point it’s a mystery.
“I got the message that he was going to be up” Cole said. “What move they’re going to make, I don’t know.”
The switch-hitting Fowler was sent to Triple-A to refine his swing, primarily from the left side. All he did was bat .347 from that side, including a pair of home runs.
“I learned a lot down here,” Fowler said. “Learned how to swing a little bit. I’ll just go back there and try to contribute.”