#Cubs Fowler day to day
Cubs outfielder Dexter Fowler said he may borrow catcher Miguel Montero’s gear to protect himself in his next at-bat. In three games over three days, Fowler has taken a foul ball off his right hand, his left elbow and his right shin, and he did not start Thursday in the series finale against the Giants.
X-rays of Fowler’s shin on Wednesday were negative, and his status for the upcoming series against the Dodgers is questionable.
“I’m not 100 percent sure yet [if he’ll play Friday],” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of Fowler. “He’s still pretty sore. There’s a shot at it, yes.”
Maddon overloaded the outfield with right-handed hitters Thursday against Giants lefty Madison Bumgarner, which included moving Kris Bryant from third to right field for his first start there. Bryant has made one start each in center and in left.
“I know [Bryant] has not played there a lot but he’s very comfortable out there and I’m very comfortable with him being there,” Maddon said. “I know it looks awkward from a distance but internally it’s not that bad.”
Fowler planned on being better prepared for his next game.
“I’m just going to go up there with catching gear on,” Fowler said.
— Carrie Muskat