Yankees Rookie Dustin Fowler Ruptures Tendon in 1st Inning of MLB Debut (Video)
Outfielder Dustin Fowler is the ninth-ranked prospect in the New York Yankees system. On Thursday, he was called up to make his big league debut.
Unfortunately for the 22-year-old, his first game in the majors didn’t last very long, as he ruptured his patellar tendon while chasing a ball in the outfield during the bottom of the first inning.
He was rushed to a nearby hospital where it’s expected that he’ll undergo surgery to repair the tendon.
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Sadly, Fowler was scheduled to lead off the second inning, but he was unable to put weight on his right leg shortly after colliding with the outfield wall.
Manager Joe Girardi seemed extremely shaken-up following the catastrophic outing. He said to the New York Daily News, “I was in tears, because I know what it takes to get here, and how hard he’s worked.”
No word yet on how long Fowler is expected to be sidelined by the injury.