Outfielder Dustin Fowler will get his at-bat at Yankee Stadium ... just as a member of the Oakland A's.
The highly-touted prospect, whom the Yankees dealt last summer as part of the Sonny Gray trade, was promoted to the majors for the second time in his career earlier this week and will make his next MLB start during this weekend's A's-Yankees series.
"It's just the perfect story," Fowler said, according to MLB.com's Jane Lee. "The guy I got traded for, getting to face him. It'll be nice to be in New York and play in front of that crowd. It'll be exciting. I'm ready to get there."
Fowler's first stint in the majors didn't last one full inning.
When the Yankees played the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field last June, Fowler, playing right field, attempted to make a sliding catch in foul territory. He didn't come up with the ball and crashed into the wall, rupturing his right patellar tendon in the process and needing to undergo season-ending surgery.
He didn't even get an at-bat, prompting references to Moonlight Graham in "Field of Dreams."
But the 23-year-old Fowler, Oakland's No. 5 prospect, worked his way back and made his MLB debut on Wednesday, hitting a pinch-hit lineout to second base and playing three innings in center field.
"It was kind of a nice way to do it," Fowler said. "Just get out there and get it out of the way real quick. Not the way you want it to go, but it's nice to get it out of the way after the road I went through."
Fowler hit .310 with three home runs and 16 RBIs in 30 games with Triple-A Nashville this year, and hit .293 with 13 home runs and 43 RBIs in 70 games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2017.
Gray has gone 6-9 with a 4.48 ERA in 18 regular-season starts with the Yankees since the trade. This year, he is 2-2 with a 6.00 ERA in seven starts, but has thrown quality starts in consecutive appearances for the first time this season.
The other prospects the Yankees dealt for Gray have yet to reach the majors. Shortstop Jorge Mateo, 22, once ranked Baseball America's No. 26 prospect, is hitting .178 with two home runs, seven RBIs and six stolen bases in 30 games with Triple-A Nashville, while 24-year-old RHP James Kaprielian, the Yankees' first-round pick in 2015, has yet to pitch since 2016 after undergoing Tommy John surgery last season.
A's manager Bob Melvin called Fowler the team's "center fielder of the future" and believes he can make an impact right away.
"This is a real athletic player that was a big part of a huge trade for us," Melvin said. "You trade a Sonny Gray and bring back players like that, it's exciting. I know he'll be excited about it, and probably even more so because it's against the Yankees."