Athletics call up outfield prospect Dustin Fowler

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When we last heard from Athletics prospect Dustin Fowler, he was suing the White Sox and the Illinois Stadium Authority for negligence after sustaining a season-ending injury during a collision at Guaranteed Rate Field during his major league debut. He had run into an unpadded electrical box while chasing a ball, rupturing his patellar tendon. Didn’t even get a chance to make his first plate appearance.

Fowler was a Yankees prospect at the time the injury took place, but the Yankees traded him to the A’s in the Sonny Gray deal at last year’s trade deadline. When he went down he was hitting .293/.329/.542 in 70 games at Triple-A. Since he’s come back from his injury he (a) almost made the A’s out of spring training; and (b) is hitting .310/.333/.484 with three homers in 30 games down at Nashville. Today, however, the A’s called him up. He’ll likely get a lot of time in the A’s outfield going forward.

As for the lawsuit, the last information I could find, from February, suggested it had not been settled. Assuming it’s still going forward, maybe he can sit for his deposition when the A’s visit the White Sox for their four-game series at Guaranteed Rate June 21-24.

UPDATE: Yep, the lawsuit is still going on. Short version: they’re still having procedural battles about where the case should be head:

 

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Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.