The Twins introduced to reporters, together with Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com, that Royce Lewis has a partial tear of the anterior cruciate ligament in his proper knee, the identical ligament he had surgically repaired final yr, which would require one other surgical procedure. The estimated restoration time is 12 months.
This comes as brutal information for each Lewis and the crew, because the teenager already went by means of this complete course of a yr in the past. It was February of final yr that Lewis underwent the process the primary time, which worn out everything of his 2021 season. This yr, he was in a position to end the lengthy journey again to well being and confirmed great indicators of promise over the primary few months of the season.
With Carlos Correa lacking a while this yr, Lewis was in a position to make his main league debut. Although he was optioned when Correa returned, he ultimately got here again with the goal of being an excellent utility participant of kinds, not letting Correa’s presence cease him from stepping into the lineup. Such a plan was possible as a result of Lewis was hitting so extremely nicely on the yr. In 12 MLB video games, he hit .300/.317/.550 for a 148 wRC+, whereas additionally slashing .313/.405/.534 in Triple-A for a wRC+ of 151.
Unfortunately, the very day he was recalled, he left the sport with a bone bruise in his proper knee, which can now end his season. Unlike his restoration from surgical procedure final yr, Lewis will probably be on the key league injured record, thus entitling him to MLB pay and repair time. Since he was within the minors for the primary month of the season after which one other stretch when he was optioned in May, he’ll come up in need of incomes a full yr of service. He will nonetheless have a shot at incomes Super Two standing and qualifying for arbitration after the 2024 season, although future elective assignments may additionally change that trajectory. For his half, Lewis appears to be staying constructive about the entire state of affairs, telling Park that he’s not afraid of the surgical procedure as a result of he’s already been by means of it earlier than.
For the Twins, they are going to now be with out one among their most enjoyable younger gamers, who was able to overlaying shortstop for Carlos Correa however was additionally spending a while at third base and within the outfield with the intention to get into the lineup when Correa was wholesome. Correa’s contract affords him the power to opt-out of his contract on the finish of this yr, one thing he’s anticipated to do. Many had thought-about Lewis to be the inheritor obvious at shortstop, together with his dalliances at different positions a brief measure only for this season. Now the membership will probably go into the winter with much less certainty round their shortstop state of affairs subsequent yr, with the potential that neither Correa nor Lewis will man the place when Opening Day 2023 rolls round.