Rowand made the catch in his outstretched glove as he smacked face-first into the fence and collapsed to the ground. He gamely held up his mitt to show the ball and then rested on his hands and knees as trainers and Phillies manager Charlie Manuel ran out.
Rowand, acquired in the trade that sent Jim Thome to the White Sox, held a towel on his face as he was helped off the field to a standing ovation.
Shane Victorino replaced Rowand in the second inning.
Earlier this season, Rowand requested additional padding be added to the fence. The padding was ordered immediately but did not arrive until a couple days ago. (Rowand had been informed of the progress.) The padding is scheduled to be installed next week.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.