In yesterday’s deciding ALDS game between the Astros and Red Sox, Boston ran itself out of an inning when Mitch Moreland was sent home from second base and was nailed at the plate. He was out by a mile, actually.
I thought that send was bad to begin with, but it’s even worse in hindsight, as Moreland said after the game that he’s been nursing a knee injury. From WEEI.com:
While it was known that Moreland battled through a broken toe for much of the season, the first baseman told WEEI.com Monday night that trying to manage the ailment most likely led to a knee problem.
“It kind of fed into my knee a little bit, so I have to get that checked on and we’ll go from there,” he said. “I was able to fight through it. I made it, and now we have the offseason to take care of it.”
I wonder if third base coach Brian Butterfield knew his knee was bad when he got that green light. Oh well. Doesn’t matter now.
Moreland, who hit .246/.326/.443 with 22 home runs and 79 RBI over 149 games this season, will have the knee checked out this week to see if he needs surgery. He’ll be a free agent after the World Series.
Tom Schuba of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Athletics outfielder Dustin Fowler has filed suit against the White Sox for negligence. Fowler sustained a season-ending injury during a collision at Guaranteed Rate Field last June and is also bringing the lawsuit against the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority agency, as neither party took measures to secure the ballpark’s unpadded electrical box that exacerbated his injuries.
The 22-year-old outfielder was just two outs into his major league debut with the Yankees when the incident occurred. Fowler tracked a Jose Abreu foul ball down the first base line and flipped over the short railing. He was noticeably limping after colliding with a knee-high electrical box at the wall and collapsed to the ground within seconds before being carted off the field.
The official diagnosis: a ruptured patellar tendon and season-ending surgery on his right knee. Per Schuba’s report, which can be read here in full, Fowler has claimed “‘severe and permanent’ external and internal injuries, as well as mental pain and anguish” following the collision.
No specific demands have been publicized yet. Fowler is said to be seeking money from both the White Sox and the Sports Facilities Authority, likely enough to cover the “large sums” he spent on medical care for the surgery and related treatments.