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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.

Hometown hero Bryce Harper defeats Freddie Freeman to advance in Home Run Derby

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Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper advanced to the second round of the 2018 Home Run Derby, swatting 13 home runs to best the 12 hit by Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman. Harper was a No. 2 seed to Freeman’s No. 7, so the outcome isn’t a surprise. The hometown crowd in Washington, D.C. were certainly pleased that their star has advanced.

Harper would have had 30 seconds of bonus time since he hit two home runs that went 440 feet or total, but he got to 13 with time to spare in regulation. Harper maxed out at 467 feet in distance and 113 MPH in exit velocity. When interviewed on the field after his performance, Harper said, out of breath, “I’m tired!”

The second round is set. Rhys Hoskins (17 homers) will oppose Kyle Schwarber (16). Harper (13) will take on Max Muncy (17).