Angels outfielder Dexter Fowler suffered a torn left ACL, the crew introduced. Fowler will bear surgical procedure that may maintain him out of motion for the following six to 9 months, thus prematurely ending his 2021 season.
Fowler suffered the harm in Friday’s recreation with the Blue Jays, as he made a clumsy step onto second base to beat out a throw from Bo Bichette on a forceout try. Fowler was in apparent ache and needed to be carted off the sphere, and though the Angels’ preliminary analysis when inserting him on the 10-day injured record on Saturday was solely a sprained knee, additional checks revealed the true severity of the harm.
The devastating information might finish Fowler’s tenure with the Angels after solely seven video games. Since Fowler simply turned 35 years outdated, it isn’t out of the query that the harm might spell the top of his spectacular 14-year profession, however it’s too quickly to invest on condition that the surgical procedure has but to even happen.
The Angels acquired Fowler in a commerce with the Cardinals final February that was basically a wage dump on the Playing cards’ half. For the value of a participant to be named later, Los Angeles is paying solely $1.75M of the $16.5M owed to Fowler (counting wage and signing bonus installments) within the closing yr of his authentic five-year, $82.5M free-agent contract with St. Louis. The Halos’ plan was to start out Fowler because the on a regular basis proper fielder, no less than till star prospects Jo Adell or Brandon Marsh obtained huge league promotions later within the season.
With Fowler sidelined, nevertheless, supervisor Joe Maddon instructed reporters (together with The Athletic’s Fabian Ardaya) that the crew will use a platoon of Jose Rojas and Juan Lagares in proper subject, with Jared Walsh additionally seeing a while in proper. Apart from Adell and Marsh, the Angels even have veterans Jon Jay and Scott Schebler within the group on minor league contracts, and 2015 first-rounder Taylor Ward is also a candidate for taking part in time. Trying on the ripple impact over the remainder of the roster, Walsh taking part in proper subject might open up extra time for Albert Pujols at first base.
The Angels are the fifth crew Fowler has suited up for on the huge league degree, as a part of a profession that features an All-Star look in 2016 and a World Collection ring that very same season with the Cubs. He signed his huge free-agent cope with St. Louis within the aftermath of that huge 2016 marketing campaign, however Fowler by no means fairly bought on observe throughout his 4 years with the Cardinals. Accidents restricted to Fowler to 389 video games and an excellent 1,500 PA, as he hit .233/.334/.408 and generated roughly league-average manufacturing (98 OPS+, 100 wRC+) and solely 3.0 whole fWAR.