11:41AM: Fowler isn’t contemplating retirement, telling Jack Harris of the L.A. Times and different reporters that “I’m telling all people, ’Comeback season has commenced.’ “
10:44AM: Angels outfielder Dexter Fowler suffered a torn left ACL, the crew introduced. Fowler will endure surgical procedure that may hold him out of motion for the subsequent 6-9 months, thus prematurely ending his 2021 season.
Fowler suffered the harm in Friday’s recreation with the Blue Jays, as he made an ungainly 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 sector, and although the Angels’ preliminary prognosis when putting him on the 10-day injured listing yesterday was solely a sprained knee, additional assessments 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 Since Fowler simply turned 35 years outdated, it isn’t out of the query that the harm might spell the tip of his spectacular 14-year profession, although it’s too quickly to take a position provided that the surgical procedure has but to even happen.
The Angels acquired Fowler in a commerce with the Cardinals final February that was primarily a wage dump on the Playing cards’ half. For the value of a participant to be named later, Los Angeles is paying solely $1.75MM of the $16.5MM owed to Fowler (counting wage and signing bonus installments) within the remaining yr of his unique five-year, $82.5MM free agent contract with St. Louis. The Halos’ plan was to start out Fowler because the on a regular basis proper fielder, not less than till star prospects Jo Adell or Brandon Marsh acquired large league promotions later within the season.
With Fowler sidelined, nevertheless, supervisor Joe Maddon informed reporters (together with The Athletic’s Fabian Ardaya) that the crew will use a platoon of Jose Rojas and Juan Lagares in proper area, 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 enjoying time. Trying on the ripple impact over the remainder of the roster, Walsh taking part in proper area might open up extra time for Albert Pujols at first base.
The Angels are the fifth crew Fowler has suited up for on the large league stage, as a part of a profession that features an All-Star look in 2016 and a World Sequence ring that very same season with the Cubs. He signed his large free agent cope with St. Louis within the aftermath of that large 2016 marketing campaign, although Fowler by no means fairly acquired on observe throughout his 4 years with the Cardinals. Accidents restricted to Fowler to 389 video games and a fair 1500 PA, as he hit .233/.334/.408 and generated roughly league-average manufacturing (98 OPS+, 100 wRC+) and solely 3.0 whole fWAR.