11:41AM: Fowler isn’t contemplating retirement, telling Jack Harris of the L.A. Times and different reporters that “I’m telling everyone, ’Comeback season has commenced.’ “
10:44AM: Angels outfielder Dexter Fowler suffered a torn left ACL, the group introduced. Fowler will endure surgical procedure that can maintain him out of motion for the following 6-9 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 although the Angels’ preliminary prognosis when inserting him on the 10-day injured record 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 previous, it isn’t out of the query that the harm might spell the top of his spectacular 14-year profession, although it’s too quickly to invest 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 worth 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 last yr of his authentic five-year, $82.5MM free agent contract with St. Louis. The Halos’ plan was to begin 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 group will use a platoon of Jose Rojas and Juan Lagares in proper area, with Jared Walsh additionally seeing a while in proper. Moreover 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 may be a candidate for taking part in time. Wanting 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 group 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 Sequence ring that very same season with the Cubs. He signed his huge free agent take care of St. Louis within the aftermath of that huge 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 good 1500 PA, as he hit .233/.334/.408 and generated roughly league-average manufacturing (98 OPS+, 100 wRC+) and solely 3.0 complete fWAR.