Many Yankee fans will remember the gruesome knee injury suffered by ex-Yankees outfielder Dustin Fowler June 29 at Guaranteed Rate Field on the south side of Chicago. Fowler is suing the White Sox and the state agency that manages the ballpark for negligence, per the Chicago Sun-Times.
Fowler, who was traded by the Yankees to the Oakland Athletics in July, is suing because the team and agency failed to secure a metal electrical box attached to a railing down the right field line in the stadium. The outfielder suffered an open rupture of his right patellar tendon after colliding with the railing and electrical box. The injury left him unable to walk, and required him to be carted off the field.
The suit claims that the White Sox and the agency were aware of how unsafe the electrical box was, but did nothing about it. It also states that Fowler suffered “severe and permanent” internal and external injuries along with having to pay large sums in medical bills.
Fowler was injured in his MLB debut, and had to be removed from the game before getting his first plate appearance. He slashed .293/.329/.542 with 13 home runs and 43 RBIs in 70 games with the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders prior to his promotion to the big leagues.
He is expected to make a full recovery from his injury, and has already begun working out in Arizona. The A’s Spring Training facility is in Mesa, Arizona, though it is unclear if Fowler is working out there.
The Yankees were able to acquire RHP Sonny Gray from the Athletics in exchange for Fowler, SS/OF Jorge Mateo and RHP James Kaprielian ahead of the 2017 trade deadline. Fowler, Mateo and Kaprielian are ranked as the third, fourth and tenth-best prospects in the A’s system, respectively.