Fowler is 3-for-18 (.167 average) with a double and three stolen bases so far in Cactus League action. He's drawn two walks and struck out six times.
It's understandable that Fowler, who suffered a ruptured patella tendon last June in his big-league debut, has had some rust after the extended absence. Fowler said earlier this week that he is starting to feel more comfortable at the plate, telling Melissa Lockard of The Athletic, "I've been getting competitive at-bats for the most part, so I'm happy with the progress that I've done over the last week or so." If the A's feel he needs additional reps beyond spring training, it's possible they could send Fowler down for a brief period of time, but the starting job in center field should be Fowler's for most of the year.
Fowler ruptured his patella tendon in his major-league debut for the Yankees back in June. His expected recovery timetable had him in line to see game action early in spring training, and he appears to be on schedule. With a strong and healthy spring, Fowler has a chance to make Oakland's Opening Day roster and could start in center field.
Fowler (kneecap) said that he's cleared to begin playing in spring games and could join Oakland's lineup as soon as Sunday, MLB.com's Jane Lee reports.
Fowler met with doctors to re-evaluate his status earlier this week and it appears as though he received some good news as the 23-year-old will be able to take the field for live action for the first time since injuring his leg in his MLB debut last June. He suffered an open rupture in his right patella tendon, which was expected to keep him out until spring training. Fowler will have a chance to make the Opening Day roster with a good spring camp, but more importantly, the club will ease him back into game shape and hopefully have a fully healthy outfielder heading into April.
Fowler (kneecap) took part in live batting practice Monday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Though the Athletics continue to ease Fowler along in his recovery from late-June surgery to repair a ruptured patellar tendon in his right knee, his involvement in live batting practice suggests that he remains on pace to make his Cactus League debut later this month. Fowler should receive enough at-bats in spring training to make a case for the Athletics' starting center-field job heading into Opening Day, but he'll likely need to outperform Boog Powell (knee) and Jake Smolinski to claim those honors.
In a stroke of awful luck, Fowler hurt his knee in the first inning of his big-league debut with the Yankees, forcing him to miss the rest of the season. Close to seven months removed from surgery to repair a ruptured patella tendon, Fowler said he's "probably at 85 percent." He has been hitting, throwing and running for more than a month, and it sounds like he will be unrestricted for most of the spring. Fowler impressed against Triple-A competition as a 22-year-old before going down with the injury, flashing power and speed, and could force his way into the starting job in center with a strong showing in A's camp.
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