Kyle Lewis is on the injured list for the second time this season
June 3, 2021
Well, it seems our earlier assumption that center fielder Kyle Lewis' injury was relatively minor was a bit off the mark. It now appears that Lewis will likely need surgery to repair his latest knee troubles and miss a great deal of time on the field.
The 2020 Rookie of the Year suffered a torn meniscus during last Sunday afternoon's game against the Rangers for the third knee ailment of his young career. Lewis is seeking a second opinion on his situation in hopes he can avoid surgery, but General Manager Jerry Dipoto told KIRO radio that the Mariners are going to be "hypersensitive" (read: cautious) in handling Lewis' recovery and implied Lewis could miss the remainder of the season.
This is a blow for the M's, obviously; after beginning the season batting under .200 into the month of May, Lewis turned things around and has put up a line of .284/.389/.395 since May 7th. Just 25 years old, Lewis figures to be a big part of the Mariners' future plans and this could mean months of lost development time for the would-be star player.
Meantime, Seattle is rushing two other prize prospects in their outfield with Jarred Kelenic and Taylor Trammell, who between them have played a total of 23 games at the Triple-A level. Kelenic has been vastly overmatched at the big-league level, posting an anemic .111/.200/.222 line in 80 trips to the plate. Trammell, who began the season with the M's, hit .157 with 41 Ks in 27 games to earn a demotion to Triple-A, and was just recently promoted back to Seattle (1-for-6 thus far) after a splendid 17-game stint with Tacoma. At least one of those two figures to play every day alongside Jake Fraley and/or Mitch Haniger.
In other injury news, starting pitcher Justin Dunn was placed on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder discomfort, but is expected to miss just one start. Recently recalled southpaw Hector Santiago is expected to start in Dunn's place during the current series in Anaheim against the Angels.