Los Angeles Angels’ Dexter Fowler carted off field with leg injury

Apr 5, 2021; Anaheim, California, USA; Los Angeles Angels right fielder Dexter Fowler (25) hits an RBI single against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Angels right fielder Dexter Fowler left the field on a cart after injuring his left leg Friday in the second inning of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Dunedin, Fla.

Fowler, on first base after a walk, was heading into second base standing up on a grounder to shortstop Bo Bichette, who had bobbled the ball and was charged with an error. Fowler wasn’t expecting a throw and crumpled to the ground in pain but eventually was able to walk gingerly to the cart.

Through seven games this season, Fowler is 5-for-20 (.250) with one RBI. He was acquired by the Angels in a February trade after spending the past four seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Fowler, 35, previously played for the Colorado Rockies (2008-13), Houston Astros (2014) and Chicago Cubs (2015-16). He was an All-Star in 2016, the same year he helped the Cubs win the World Series.

Also, Toronto left fielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. left the game after two innings. A reason for his departure wasn’t immediately provided by the team.

Gurriel struck out in the first inning and is 5-for-26 (.192) with one RBI in seven games this season. The 27-year-old is in his fourth season with the Blue Jays.

Prior to the game, the Blue Jays placed outfielder Teoscar Hernandez and left-hander Ryan Borucki on the COVID-19 injured list.

The team said Hernandez was a close contact of somebody outside the organization who tested positive for COVID-19 and stated Borucki was placed on the list due to side effects after receiving the vaccine.

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–Field Level Media