Gi­rardi: In­jury avoid­able

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE -

Dustin Fowler’s ma­jor league de­but was over be­fore he even stepped into the bat­ter’s box, and New York Yan­kees man­ager Joe Gi­rardi had harsh words for Guar­an­teed Rate Field in Chicago. Fowler, 22, rup­tured the patel­lar ten­don in his right knee dur­ing the first in­ning of the Yan­kees’ 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thurs­day night, slam­ming into the short side­wall near the cor­ner try­ing to catch Jose Abreu’s one-out foul ball. Fowler had surgery at Rush Univer­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter and was re­leased Fri­day. Gi­rardi said the in­jury was avoid­able. “There’s an elec­tri­cal box,” Gi­rardi said. “And to me, that’s a prob­lem. And I’m not blam­ing the White Sox, but it’s some­thing that needs to be in­spected. It should have been padded or not put there or put lower be­cause if the kid doesn’t hit the elec­tri­cal box, he might still be hurt, but my guess is he doesn’t rup­ture his patel­lar ten­don.” Fowler was on a full run and wasn’t able to catch up with the ball, which bounced in foul ter­ri­tory. Fowler tum­bled into the first row of seats, then tried to stand up and crum­pled to the ground. Gi­rardi said more needs to be done in sta­di­ums to pre­vent play­ers from flip­ping over low walls. “I think it’s some­thing base­ball needs to ad­dress,” he said.

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