Angels: Dexter Fowler carted off field with apparent knee injury.
Fowler was moving towards second base on a ground ball hit by David Fletcher and looked to be caught in between a slide and standing up before he went down.
It’s a tough break for the Halos as Fowler was beginning to swing the bat well. He has four hits in his last ten at-bats, and has a .250 batting average on the season.
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Fowler has been overlooked due his decline in statistical production over the last few seasons, but he’s one of the most respected players in the league. The Halos acquired Fowler via trade this offseason, with the hopes he would provide great clubhouse leadership for the younger talent on the team.
Hopefully it’s not as serious as it appeared to be. Jose Rojas entered the game in Fowler’s spot, and it’s likely some combination of him and Juan Lagares will take place if it’s a lengthy injury. Manager Joe Maddon has also used Jared Walsh in right field this season so that’s a possibility as well.
It’s unlikely young outfielders Jo Adell and Brandon Marsh are called up this soon given the Minor League season has yet to begin.
The Angels have said Fowler has a right knee contusion. Not serious as any type of structural damage and the team will take it day-by-day.
After the game, Maddon said he does not believe the injury is serious enough to require a roster move, OC Register’s Jeff Fletcher reports.
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He’s been a winner everywhere he’s gone, and so far it looks like it’s spreading in Anaheim. The Halos are off to their best start in over a decade with a 5-2 record.