Jon Morosi if MLB Network reports that the Chicago Cubs flight from Washington to Los Angeles was diverted to Albuquerque, New Mexico due to an ill family member on board. The extent of the family member’s illness and who it was has not been reported, but the plane was still on the ground in New Mexico as of an hour ago.
The Cubs were supposed to get in to L.A. early this morning, catch some sleep and have a light workout and media session at Dodger Stadium this afternoon. That schedule is probably off now. Game 1 of the NLCS is Saturday evening, so they have tonight to try to get back on schedule.
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.