The twins announced to journalists, including Do-Hyoung Park from MLB.comthe Royce Lewis has a partial tear of the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, the same ligament he had surgically repaired last year, which will require a new operation. Estimated recovery time is 12 months.
This comes as a brutal news for both Lewis and the team, as the youngster already went through this whole process a year ago. It was February last year that Lewis underwent the procedure for the first time, which wiped out his entire 2021 season. This year he was able to complete the long journey back to health and showed huge signs of promise in the first months of the season.
With Carlos Correa When he missed a time this year, Lewis managed to debut in the major league. Although he was selected when Correa returned, he eventually returned with the aim of being a kind of super-user player, and did not let Correa’s presence stop him from joining the team. Such a plan was feasible because Lewis hit so incredibly well this year. In 12 MLB matches, he hit .300 / .317 / .550 for a 148 wRC +, while also cutting .313 / .405 / .534 in Triple-A for a 151 wRC +.
Unfortunately, the same day he was recalled, he left the match with a bruise in his right knee, which now ends the season. In contrast to the recovery from last year’s operation, Lewis will be on the injury list in the major league, thus giving him the right to MLB salary and length of service. Since he was a minor the first month of the season and then another stretch when he was elected in May, he will fall short of serving a full year of service. He will still have a chance to achieve Super Two status and qualify for arbitration after the 2024 season, although future optional assignments may also change that path. For his part, Lewis seems to be positive about the whole situation, tells Park that he is not afraid of the operation because he has already been through it before.
For the twins, they will now be without one of their most exciting young players, who were able to cover shortstop for Carlos Correa, but who also spent some time at third base and in the field to get into the team lineup when Correa was healthy. . Correa’s contract gives him the opportunity to opt out of his contract at the end of this year, which he is expected to do. Many had considered Lewis to be the heir to the shortstop, with his dalliances in other positions as a temporary measure just for this season. Now the club will probably go into the winter with less certainty about their shortstop situation next year, with the potential that neither Correa nor Lewis will man the position when the opening day 2023 rolls around.