Fowler has been nothing short of spectacular upon his return to Chicago, which came about in dramatic circumstances after most of the free agent market had been determined. Over 284 plate appearances, the 30-year-old owns a .290/.398/.483 slash line with seven home runs and six stolen bases. He has also drawn positive marks for his defense for the first time in several years.
There’s no question that Fowler has been a key cog, and his loss is especially tough with Kyle Schwarber out for the year and Jorge Soler also sidelined. Chicago has already brought up top prospect Albert Almora to help shoulder the load; he could see increased playing time now.
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Whether there’s cause for concern really depends on the prognosis. Timelines for returning from hamstring injuries are notoriously hard to predict, but the Cubs will no doubt let Fowler rest until it seems he’s ready to go without risk of aggravating things.