CHICAGO — Cardinals right fielder Dexter Fowler, hitting .167, made just his second start in two weeks on Tuesday night, although he was gone for three days of that on paternity leave when his second daughter, Ivy, was born.
With president of baseball operations John Mozeliak’s recent comments on Fowler’s energy level still fairly fresh, Fowler was besieged before the game against the White Sox by a couple of waves of reporters. Most were from Chicago, where he played with the World Series champion Cubs in 2016.
Fowler said he had no lingering issues.
“I’m good,” he said. “I’m in positive spirits and that’s all that matters. I have a family to focus on. That kind of keeps me occupied right now.
“At the end of the day, it’s over. And I’m moving on.”
He’s moving on in good health, insists Fowler. Asked how his health was on a scale of one to 10, he quickly responded, “Ten,” and then backed that up by hitting a grand slam in the Cardinals' 14-2 win over the White Sox.
That he hasn’t played much lately, said Fowler, causes him “to get out of whack. You feel like spring training, but I’m working through things. I don’t think you play 10 years in the big leagues if you don’t.”
Fowler was among the Cardinals who came out for early hitting Tuesday after Monday’s off day. “He’s doing what he can to get it right,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. “He just knows that he has to get into a good rhythm and it’s hard to get into good rhythm when you’re not out on the field on a consistent basis.
“It’s a different space from where he’s been in the past, so it’s a great challenge but he has come out with a good attitude.”