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Astros Roster Moves: Fowler activated; Santana returns to Triple-A

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Fowler returns after stint on disabled list for back strain.

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

It was a good day for Astros fans yesterday, the team had home runs galore and won the game. There was more good news shortly after the game. Dexter Fowler who has been on the shelf since June has been activated. He was put on the disabled list retroactive of June 27. The corresponding move for the Astros was to return top-prospect Domingo Santana to Triple-A Oklahoma City. As reported by MLB.com's Brian McTaggart -

Before his injury, Fowler was manning center and batting at the top of the lineup for the Astros. Even with his time missed Fowler still leads the team in walks (47), fourth in batting average (.270), and first in on-base percentage (.377). Fowler was sent to Triple-A Oklahoma city for a rehab assignment. In four game with the RedHawks, Fowler was 3-for-10 with two walks and a RBI.

The question swirling around Domingo Santana was - when he was going to get some playing time after being called up on August 3? In one game he didn't get a start, he was 0-for-4 with a strikeout - adding to his overall major league batting line this season 0-for-17 with 14 strikeouts.

Fowler is expected to be slotted back into the starting lineup in today's game.