I don't know about you, but on a typical weeknight, I'm not waiting through a two hour rain delay in order to watch a game start at 11PM. Last night was different, though, as I was excited to get a look at Dustin Fowler in his big league debut. A former 18th-round pick, Fowler has always been a statistical darling, but recently, traditional scouts have begun to catch on:
Unfortunately, Fowler's debut couldn't have gone worse. In the bottom of the first, the right fielder chased after a fly ball in foul territory and crashed into the wall. It was immediately evident that this was a severe injury to Fowler's right leg, as he couldn't put weight on it and had to be carted off the field. Joe Girardi's expression spoke for everyone:
Fowler had surgery last night to repair a ruptured right patella tendon and will miss the rest of the season. He's the latest top prospect in the system to go down for the remainder of 2017, joining James Kaprielian and Gleyber Torres. Just terrible, terrible luck.
Where do the Yankees turn from here? They obviously need another outfielder, with Brett Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Aaron Judge the only three healthy on the 40-man roster. Rob Refsnyder is not going to cut it, and though Tyler Wade has some experience out there, it would be best to have a true fourth outfielder until Aaron Hicks returns. Mason Williams, who was designated for assignment yesterday, seems like the obvious choice. They could return him to the 40-man roster and immediately place Fowler on the 60-day disabled list to make room.