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The Los Angeles Angels introduced Sunday
the knee harm that outfielder Dexter Fowler suffered throughout Friday’s
sport towards the Toronto Blue Jays was recognized as a torn ACL.
Fowler will bear surgical procedure with a
restoration timetable of six-to-nine months, which doubtless guidelines him out
for the rest of the 2021 MLB season.
The Angels acquired the 2016 All-Star
in a February commerce with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Fowler recorded 5 hits in 20 at-bats
with three runs scored by way of seven appearances to open the 2021
marketing campaign. He is within the closing season of a five-year, $82.5 million
contract and can turn out to be a free agent within the offseason if he does not signal an extension with L.A.
The 35-year-old Atlanta native was a
extremely efficient participant from 2009 by way of 2017, a nine-year run that
included stops with the Colorado Rockies, Houston Astros, Chicago
Cubs and Cardinals. He collected 19.8 WAR over that span, together with
a career-high 4.0 WAR with the Cubs in 2016, per Baseball Reference.
His numbers dropped off in 2018,
nonetheless, and he ended that season on the 60-day injured checklist as a result of
of a foot harm.
Fowler wasn’t capable of rediscover
his prior high type over the previous two years, although he did bounce again to
play 150 video games with a modest .754 OPS for the Playing cards in 2019.
The 6’5” switch-hitter was anticipated to
function the Angels’ on a regular basis proper fielder all through 2021. That
activity will now fall on the shoulders of Juan Lagares, although prospect
Jo Adell could possibly be known as as much as compete for taking part in time, amongst different choices.
“It opens as much as transfer issues round
just a little bit,” supervisor Joe Maddon instructed reporters. “Dex was
actually approaching. I believe we’ll see [Jose] Rojas dealing with some
righties. So it’s going to be just a little little bit of every kind of concoctions proper
L.A. finishes its collection with the Blue
Jays on Sunday earlier than heading to Kauffman Stadium for a three-game
highway set with the Kansas Metropolis Royals.