HOUSTON — If there’s anyone who understands what Dustin Fowler is going through, it’s Bobby Valentine.
The ex-Mets manager suffered a similar devastating injury 47 years ago, but never fully recovered from it.
On May 17, 1973, Valentine, then 23, got his spike caught in a chain-link fence as he was trying to rob a home run with the California Angels. He suffered a multiple compound fracture that ended his year. He was hitting .302/.323/.397 at the time.
Valentine would go on to post a .251/.320/.318 batting line from 1974-79 before hanging it up.
“I did see it, very unfortunate,” Valentine said of Fowler’s season-ending knee injury. “It will be very frustrating for him. He must listen to the doctors and not rush himself back. He also needs a good support team.”
Fowler faces an approximate six-month rehab program. His road to recovery has only just begun. The Yankees are believers that he can come back stronger as a result. We’ll have to wait and see.
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