Fowler exits with injury after homering

Experiences tightness in left side, went deep in 1st

Fowler exits with injury after homering

MESA, Ariz. -- Cubs outfielder Dexter Fowler had to leave Sunday's 12-9 loss to the Mariners after one inning because of tightness in his left side. The problem was considered mild, and the team said he was removed as a precautionary measure.

Fowler led off the Cubs' first with a home run, his third, but he was lifted defensively in the second inning.

Fowler, who rejoined the Cubs this season, signing a one-year contract, is coming off a season in which he set career highs in runs scored (102), home runs (17) and walks (84), and is projected to be the leadoff batter.

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