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Angels RF Dexter Fowler’s ACL injury opens door for Jo Adell, Brandon Marsh

Angels, Dexter Fowler, Jo Adell, Brandon Marsh

Los Angeles Angels veteran outfielder Dexter Fowler will miss the rest of the season with a torn left ACL, the team announced Sunday. Fowler will have surgery at a later date and will likely be out 6-9 months.

Fowler was carted off the field during Friday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays. The 35-year-old suffered the injury while running to second base. He arrived at the base awkwardly and went down to the ground in obvious pain.

While Fowler has struggled offensively in recent years, Angels manager Joe Maddon knows the veteran’s presence will be missed. Maddon saw how important Fowler was during their time together with the Chicago Cubs.

Via ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez:

“He’s one of those glue guys, man,” Maddon said. “He really makes a difference. He does. You talk about it all the time with clubhouse guys, but this guy really is one.”

Juan Lagares and Jose Rojas are first in line to get an increased opportunity with Fowler out, but youngsters Jo Adell and Brandon Marsh could be beneficiaries down the line. Both players are currently preparing for the minor league season and aren’t ready for the big leagues just yet (Adell struggled last season as a rookie), but the Angels’ development staff will keep an eye on them and make the determination for when they can play in the majors.

Fowler was acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals in early February and took over as the starting right fielder. He went 5-for-20 at the dish this season before getting injured.

The Angels entered play Sunday with a 6-3 record, tying them with the Houston Astros in the AL West. Mike Trout is having a ridiculous start to the season to lead the way for Los Angeles, hitting .414 and three dingers already through nine games in 2021.