It seems like every article I’ve done recently about Dexter Fowler has gotten progressively worse.
Originally following Friday night’s game, manager Joe Maddon said that Fowler’s injury wasn’t as severe as it looked and there was a solid chance he’d avoid the Injured List. Then on Saturday, the club announced they were putting him on the IL with a left knee sprain. Today, we got the worst news possible, as the team announced he has a torn ACL and will miss 6-9 months, ending his season.
“For right now, you’ll see Jose Rojas and Juan Lagares,” Maddon said when asked about what the right field options are for the Angels. “There’s different things as we move forward. We have different things we’re able to do. Of course you got minor-league guys. We have options. For today and the near future we’re going with Rojas and Lagares. It looks thin, but it’s really not. There’s a lot of candidates.”
Maddon was asked about potentially calling up some guys from the Alternate Site, but he said the plan for right now is to stick with what they have on their major-league roster and essentially take it one series at a time.
This offseason, the Angels added a lot of outfield depth. At the time it seemed ridiculous to have so many options, but early into the season it’s already proving to be very valuable.
Fowler spoke with the media this morning, saying this won’t be a career-ending injury.
Dexter Fowler, a free agent after the year, said he doesn’t see his torn ACL as career-ending and said he still feels like he has a lot to give.— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) April 11, 2021
“I’m telling everybody, ‘Comeback season has commenced.’”
Anthony Rendon update
After hitting his first home run of the season on Saturday, Anthony Rendon is out of the Angels lineup on Sunday. Maddon said that Rendon felt something in his left leg/groin while making a throw. He’s unsure if Rendon will miss more time with this injury, but that they’re just being cautious for today.