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Dustin Fowler carted off due to leg injury in major league debut

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Thursday night’s game between the Yankees and White Sox was delayed by nearly three hours and the night got even worse for the Yankees shortly after the game began.

Outfield prospect Dustin Fowler was just called up and made his major league debut. In the bottom of the first inning, Fowler attempted to catch a foul ball near the stands in right field, but injured his leg in the process. He appeared to slam his knee or the lower part of his leg into the railing in front of the stands. Fowler had to be carted off and cried as he left the field. He was set to take his first major league at-bat leading off the second inning. Rob Refsnyder replaced him in right field.

During the game, the Yankees announced he suffered an open rupture of his right patellar tendon and will undergo immediate surgery at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

Fowler, 22, is the Yankees’ No. 8 overall prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. At Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, he was hitting .293/.329/.542 with 13 home runs and 43 RBI in 313 plate appearances.

Report: Shohei Ohtani has sprained UCL in pitching elbow

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The Angels signed Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani for a $2.3 million signing bonus last weekend. They may have damaged goods on their hands. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Ohtani underwent a physical that revealed a first-degree sprain of his ulnar collateral ligament. As a result, he got a platelet-rich plasma injection on October 20. This was made known to teams after Ohtani entered MLB’s posting system, so it wasn’t like the Angels went into this blind.

Ohtani’s report said, “Although partial damage of UCL in deep layer of his right UCL exists, he is able to continue full baseball participation with sufficient elbow care program.” It also said Ohtani “will most likely be available to start his throwing program approximately a month from the PRP.”

Passan notes that the report also mentioned that a “small free body” floats in Ohtani’s elbow near his UCL.

Ohtani isn’t without other injuries. He battled hamstring and ankle issues throughout 2017 and underwent right ankle surgery back in October. Thankfully for the Angels, this diagnosis is about as good as it could be considering the circumstances. However, if Ohtani does exacerbate his UCL issue, he may ultimately need Tommy John surgery at some point, which would take him out of action for at least a year.