Any little thing this close to the start of the season is going to make me a touch nervous, even if the words “minor” and “precautionary” and “chill out, Brett” are thrown around liberally.
Muskat’s report adds that the removal was precautionary, and the issue is considered minor. Hopefully that’s still the case when Fowler wakes up tomorrow, because obviously when you hear about tightness in the side, you start thinking about the oblique, which can keep a hitter out for a very long time if it’s serious enough. For now, there’s no reason to believe this is that.
If a disabled list stint is required, the Cubs do have some nice options, with Jason Heyward able to play center field, and Jorge Soler able to slide into the starting group (you know, the plan before Fowler re-signed). The Cubs would also be able to keep Matt Szczur around for now.
I won’t go too far with the ifs and buts right now, since we won’t know more for a little bit yet. For now, we know only that he was removed, it’s being called minor, and now is the time of year when teams truly are aggressive about being overly cautious.