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Sunday, February 20, 2022

Bob Fletcher returned from elbow injury that cost a season; Saw three pro campaigns, made high-A

Short-season Salem's Bob Fletcher pitched well in relief in this season-ender in 1989. Afterward, having come back from injury, he explained to The Salem Statesman Journal how he felt.

"I felt kind of so-so, but I got the job done," Fletcher told The Statesman Journal. "I'm happy with what I've accomplished, considering what I've been through the last couple of years."

What he'd been through, The Statesman Journal wrote, was an elbow surgery that kept him out the entire previous year.

His return, however, didn't last. He played one more season, at high-A Vero Beach. He didn't make it higher.

Fletcher's career began in 1987, signed by the Dodgers as a free agent out of Morrisville High School in Pennsylvania.

Fletcher started with the Dodgers in the rookie Gulf Coast League. He went 1-3, with a 4.11 ERA over 18 outings, five starts. He also saved two.

He then lost all of 1988 to injury. He returned for 11 total outings in 1989, two at rookie Great Falls and nine at short-season Salem. He went 1-0 overall, with a 1.42 ERA.

Fletcher moved to Vero Beach in 1990. He got into 32 games there in relief. He saved three games, won one and lost two. He ended with a 5.19 ERA. That season marked his last as a pro.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,846
Made the Majors:1,292-33.6%
Never Made Majors:2,553-66.4%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:528
10+ Seasons in the Minors:322

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