CHICAGO — In the first inning of his major league debut, New York Yankees rookie outfielder Dustin Fowler ran into the right field wall in foul territory at at Guaranteed Rate Field, seriously injuring his right leg.
He stayed on the ground for several minutes before medics stabilized his knee and he was hoisted onto a cart and driven off the field.
Fowler was due to leadoff the second inning. It would have been his first major league at-bat.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi put his hands over face, as team trainer Steve Donohue attended to Fowler down the right field line. His teammates on the field all watched with concerned looks on their faces.
Fowler initially tried to regain his footing, but collapsed to the ground. He showed little emotion.
It was unclear if the wet surface had anything to do with the injury. The Yankees and White Sox were delayed two hours and 50 minutes as first pitch was not until 10 p.m. CDT.
Fowler, 22, is another of the Yankees’ long lists of prospects. A left-handed hitter, he batted .293 with 13 homers and 43 RBIs in 70 Triple-A games. Scouts have compared him to a young Steve Finley.
After a long flight from Syracuse to Chicago on Thursday, Fowler arrived saying he felt “overwhelmed” with excitement and very happy to be in the lineup.
Due to the short notice, Fowler’s family could not join him in Chicago, but they were scheduled to meet Fowler and the Yankees in Houston on Friday.