Sore heel keeps Fowler out of Cubs' lineup

Sore heel keeps Fowler out of Cubs' lineup

CHICAGO -- Cubs center fielder Dexter Fowler did not start Monday's 2-0 win against the Dodgers because of a sore right heel he's been dealing with for a few days. Manager Joe Maddon said Fowler was available to pinch-hit.

"I wanted to give him today," Maddon said prior to Monday's game. "He should be able to start [Tuesday]."

Maddon didn't have to look far to find someone to insert into the leadoff spot, tapping Ben Zobrist, who began the day leading the National League in on-base percentage at .451. Fowler was second in the NL at .433.

Fowler hit his 16th career leadoff home run on Saturday, and he has a hit in 29 of his last 35 games.

Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.