ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- The Cardinals enter the final stretch of games before the All Star break a little closer to full strength.
Dexter Fowler returned from the 10-day disabled list, having rested and recovered from his chronic foot injury.
Suffering from a right heel spur, Fowler went on the DL June 25 after he felt significant pain trying to track down a fly ball the night before.
"He came in and I think his exact quote was, 'I don’t have a leg to stand on.' So, that’s concerning," new President of Baseball Operations Mozeliak said then.
Fowler’s injury wasn’t considered severe, but could easily recur if not managed properly. The Cardinals decided to rest their new center fielder and allow him to fully heal before pressing him back into action.
To make room for Fowler on the 25-man roster, outfielder Jose Martinez was optioned to Triple-A Memphis Friday. Martinez was hitting .280 with five home runs and had four hits in the last three games. But given the surplus of outfielders and the success of first base call-up Luke Voit (.333 average, 1.083 OPS), opportunities for playing time for the 28-year-old are scant.
Fowler will bat third and start in center field for his return.