Dexter Fowler to be activated from disabled list Wednesday

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From MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart comes word that the Astros will activate center fielder Dexter Fowler from the disabled list on Wednesday afternoon.

He will presumably start in center field for Houston in Wednesday’s series finale with the visiting Twins.

Fowler has been out since June 27 because of an intercostal muscle strain. The 28-year-old was first eligible to be activated on July 12 but his rehab did not go as smoothly as hoped. He began playing in tune-up games at Triple-A Oklahoma City late last week and finished 3-for-10 (.300) there with two walks.

Fowler was hitting .270/.377/.396 with six homers and six steals through 76 games this year for Houston.

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.