Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Rockies to Roll with Fowler!

The future is now for the Rockies' Dexter Fowler. In an unexpected move the Colorado Rockies have confirmed that the 23-year-old has made the team to open the season.

There are risks in keeping Fowler on the big-league roster, so the Rockies will handle him with a certain amount of care and make sure he gets enough at-bats.

"It will be our responsibility to continue his growth and development, and his responsibility to keep his focus and discipline," Hurdle said.

Hurdle said he is prepared to use Fowler regularly even though the Rockies head into the year with an outfield of Seth Smith in left, Ryan Spilborghs in center and as leadoff man and Brad Hawpe in right. Not using him regularly would raise questions over whether he's better off in Colorado Springs playing every day.

Fowler making the club gives the Rockies two players who skipped Triple-A. Starting shortstop Troy Tulowitzki leaped from Tulsa during the 2006 season.

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