The Mariners are shutting down middle fielder Kyle Lewis for the rest of the season, the membership knowledgeable reporters (including Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times). Lewis lately suffered a bone bruise in his injured proper knee.
It’s not a very stunning improvement, because the staff revealed final week that his rehab had been halted due to soreness in his knee. Nonetheless, it’s absolutely a disappointing consequence for participant and staff alike. Lewis had been hoping to embark on a minor league rehab task and make it again this yr. And with Seattle three video games again of the Pink Sox within the race for the American League’s ultimate Wild Card spot, they may’ve used a late-season jolt from the reigning AL Rookie of the Yr.
Given Lewis’ lengthy historical past of hassle with the joint, the membership’s warning is comprehensible although. The younger outfielder tore his ACL not lengthy after being drafted in 2016 and continued to be bothered by intermittent knee points over the subsequent couple seasons. He lastly appeared to place them behind him by 2019, when he stayed wholesome over a full season at Triple-A and earned his first huge league promotion that September. He constructed off the promise he confirmed that yr through the shortened 2020 marketing campaign, when he hit .262/.364/.437 en path to the aforementioned Rookie of the Yr choice.
Lewis’ knee troubles sadly cropped up once more this yr. He missed the primary few weeks of the season with a bone bruise within the space. After returning to log somewhat greater than a month’s price of motion, he suffered a meniscus tear in early June. Coupled along with his current setback, these accidents conspired to finish his season after simply 147 plate appearances.
Heart subject has been an issue space for the M’s since they misplaced Lewis. High prospect Jarred Kelenic has gotten numerous run there recently, however he’s struggled in his first style of the majors. The 22-year-old is hitting simply .158/.238/.281 over his first 281 MLB plate appearances. Even when Lewis had made it again, Seattle might’ve additionally bumped Kelenic to left subject and displaced the struggling Jake Bauers/Dylan Moore pairing. As an alternative, they’re left to depend on these underperforming choices as they hope to trace down Boston or the Yankees over the season’s ultimate 4 weeks.
Lewis will flip his consideration to subsequent Spring Coaching. The 26-year-old figures to once more assume his position because the Mariners’ common middle fielder if wholesome. Seattle nonetheless controls Lewis for 4 extra seasons; he’ll be eligible for arbitration for the primary time through the 2022-23 offseason.