To take his place, the team purchased the contract of outfielder Charlie Blackmon from Triple-A Colorado Springs. He's expected to be available Tuesday night when the Rockies play in San Diego.
Colorado has moved Fowler around in the batting order, trying to find a comfortable fit for the speedy center fielder. He's hitting .238 and leads the team with 66 strikeouts. He also has five triples, ranking among the league leaders.
This is Fowler's first trip to the DL since bruising his right knee in August 2009.
The 24-year-old Blackmon was hitting .337 with 10 homers and 49 RBIs for the Sky Sox this season.