"We wanted to try it, and he didn't re-injure anything, but he felt like he couldn't do it," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Saturday. "That was part of the conversation before the rehab -- 'If you feel anything at all, please shut it down.'
"We don't want to accelerate it or make it worse," Maddon said. "It's good because it helps his mind out. He knows where he's at. He made an attempt. He'll go to the game as an All-Star but not play."
Fowler, 30, was the designated hitter on Friday for Class A South Bend and went 0-for-2 with two walks. He was to have started in the outfield on Saturday, but instead returned to Chicago and will fly to San Diego on Sunday to take part in the All-Star Game festivities along with his six Cubs teammates also named to the NL team.
Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes also cannot play in the All-Star Game because of an injury, and on Saturday, Pirates outfielder Starling Marte and Reds outfielder Jay Bruce to the active roster as replacements for Cespedes and Fowler.
If Fowler had said he felt good enough to play in the All-Star Game on Tuesday, that was all right with Maddon.
"The word I got back was that he didn't feel anything other than the fact that he knew he could not push it, so let's not do that," Maddon said. "That's good. That's a pretty mature decision."
Maddon wasn't sure what's next for Fowler after the break. The outfielder played for South Bend because it's close to Chicago. Triple-A Iowa begins an eight-game homestand on Thursday against Las Vegas, so Fowler could go there.
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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.