Fowler initially stayed in the game after being hit by Nationals starter Ross Detwiler and returned to center field for the top of the fourth inning, but Jonathan Herrera came out on deck with two outs in the bottom half of the frame and entered the game in left field prior to the fifth. Tyler Colvin, who took over for Carlos Gonzalez in left field after he was hit by a foul ball in the bottom of the first inning, moved over to center.
Herrera grounded out to Ryan Zimmerman to lead off the bottom of the fifth. Fowler doubled and scored in his first at-bat.
Fowler entered play on Thursday .299/.395/.491 with 10 home runs and 26 runs driven in. Even if he doesn't make a trip to the disabled list, the Rockies still need another outfielder with their starting left fielder and center fielder banged up. That could force the club to send Chris Volstad back to Triple-A and recall Charlie Blackmon prior to Friday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies.