#Cubs Fowler OK
Cubs outfielder Dexter Fowler said he left Sunday’s game as a precaution because of tightness on his left side, and it had nothing to do with the bees that invaded Sloan Park.
Fowler said Monday that he felt some tightness in his side before the game, which was from crashing into an outfield wall. He led off the Cubs first with a home run, then was lifted defensively in the second inning. Jason Heyward moved from right to center, and the bees invaded around the third inning.
“My side was tight before that — before I even started the game,” Fowler said. “I figured I’d end on a good note.”
He was not in the lineup Monday to give him an extra day to heal.
“If it was something to worry about, I’d be worried,” Fowler said.
Fowler did get some razzing from his teammates about leaving the game before the bees arrived. Heyward was stung more than 20 times from the swarm.
“I told him it’s the cologne he’s wearing,” Fowler joked. “I said he’s got to switch it up.”
— Carrie Muskat