Joe Girardi believes Dustin Fowler's season-ending injury in his Major League Baseball debut could've been avoided if the Yankees' 22-year-old rookie hadn't banged into an electrical box that sat just above the half wall along the right-field line at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Fowler was going to lead off in the second inning for NY, which would have been his first at-bat in the majors. At that very moment, Fowler was probably being loaded into an ambulance at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Dustin Fowler was diagnosed with an open rupture of his right patella tendon in his right knee. Dustin Fowler has been recalled by the New York Yankees and is set to join the club in Chicago on Thursday June 29, 2017.
Over the past few weeks, the Yankees have watched designated hitter Matt Holliday (viral infection), second baseman Starlin Castro (hamstring strain), outfielder Aaron Hicks (oblique strain) and pitcher CC Sabathia (hamstring strain) all hit the 10-day disabled list.
"I'm not blaming the White Sox, but it's something that should have been inspected".
What a devastating way to start a Major League Baseball career.
The injuries continue to pile up for the Yankees, who have lost 14 of 16.
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"I was in tears, actually", Girardi said after the game.
He had flown from Syracuse for his major-league debut, when waited almost three hours through a rain delay.
"He's going to be out awhile", Girardi said.
The White Sox sent out a tweet sending condolences to Fowler.
The rookie had his right leg stabilized, was lifted onto a cart and taken off the field. You can tell how disappointed Dustin Fowler is, and how bad he wanted to just walk that off.
White Sox: RF Avisail Garcia is day-to-day with left knee inflammation. He was hurt sliding back to first on a pickoff attempt in the rain on Wednesday.
But they'll draw Lance McCullers (7-1, 2.53 ERA) tonight against Michael Pineda; McCullers blanked the Yanks over six innings in a May 12 win, during a Bronx series where the Astros took three of four games. But in the bottom of the first inning, disaster struck.