New York Yankees Bomber Buzz 6/30/17: Fowler's Nightmarish Debut
Jun 29, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Players place their hands on New York Yankees right fielder Dustin Fowler (right) while being taken off the field after colliding with the wall in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

Less than 12 hours after the New York Yankees dropped Game Four, the baseball world is still reeling after Dustin Fowler’s gruesome and unfortunate debut.

As the New York Yankees have learned in the past 48 hours, the game of baseball can either be a stage to make your mark on or a very cruel mistress.

A night after Miguel Andujar made Yankee history with his three hits and four RBI in his MLB debut, Dustin Fowler experienced a debut that was both equally memorable and tragically unforgettable.

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In the bottom of the first while attempting to make the first defensive play of his Major League career, the right fielder Fowler attempted to snag a foul fly ball and ran full speed into the shortened right field wall. The gruesome collision resulted in an open rupture of Fowler’s right patella tendon.

Fowler was carted off the field and was taken to have emergency surgery that would be performed by the White Sox team orthopedic surgeon.

According to Joel Sherman this morning, it seems as though the Yankees are promoting Bryan Mitchell in a corresponding move with Fowler heading to the DL.

Yankees beat writer Brian Hoch quoted manager Joe Girardi as saying that Major League Baseball needs to do something about these short foul territory walls, adding that they should possibly implement plexiglass above the walls, similar to the NHL.

I don’t know about that, but, I do know that everyone here at Elite Sports NY wishes for a healthy and speedy recovery for Dustin Fowler as he now embarks on a comeback journey not too many have ever traveled.

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CC Stands for Comeback Confident

Prior to yesterday’s three hour delayed series finale, CC Sabathia was seen throwing on the field before taking the bullpen mound to pitch a three inning simulated game yesterday afternoon, according to Hoch.

Apparently, the three inning session went so well that the big lefty said he felt good enough that he didn’t think a minor league rehab assignment would be necessary and he should just be put back to work at the big league level. With how untrustworthy the rotation has been since Sabathia’s departure, I sure hope the 36-year old is right.

ICYMI: Yanks Unable to Complete Comeback

Although it didn’t seem fair to anyone (whether player or patron) to finish a game that was delayed in it’s start by three hours due to weather and following one of the most unforgettable wall collisions in recent memory, just like Ken Singleton said of Derek Jeter’s retirement: “Baseball must go on.”

And it did, but certainly not successfully for the Yankees, as they dropped the fourth and final game of this series to earn a split with the lowly Chicago White Sox.

Luis Cessa started for New York and didn’t fare so well, allowing four runs on five hits with one strikeout and three walks in 4.2 innings of work. The most damning of the five hits Cessa gave up was a fourth inning two-run double he served up to Willy Garcia that drove in the fourth run of the game, which ended up being exactly the number of runs it took to win.

Although the Yankees had the go-ahead run in the form of Aaron Judge at the plate in the top of the ninth, the MVP candidate failed to deliver and the Yanks fell to the Sox 4-3.

Seemingly, the only positive news to come out of this game last night was that Tyler Clippard pitched 1-2-3 inning, striking out the side in order. Just as John Sterling said in the radio broadcast, “You cannot underestimate the power of what a thing like confidence could do for a guy like Clippard and what that could do for the Yankees right now.” Preach on, John.

That’s all from the Bomber Beat for right now. But, be sure to stay locked in to Elite Sports NY for all of your up-to-the-minute New York Yankees news and updates. Happy Friday everyone, especially Dustin Fowler.

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After losing my eyesight as a result of a brain tumor in 1996, baseball and music ushered me back to reality and led me to who I am today. I turned my love of the game and for my New York Yankees into writing for the best company in sports: Elite Sports NY. i use my Psychology & Music degree from James Madison University to articulate my thoughts in my writing and use my vocal/piano skills to professionally play music in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.