SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Mariners activated former AL Rookie of the Year Kyle Lewis from the injured list on Tuesday, nearly a year after he last played in a major league game.
Lewis, the 2020 Rookie of the Year, missed most of last season with a right knee injury, but the plummeting Mariners are hoping his return to the roster can provide a spark.
Lewis was seventh at bat for Tuesday’s game against Oakland. His last major league game dates back to May 31, 2021.
“It’s exciting to see him back. It’s been a long time,” manager Scott Servais said. along the way, but I know he’s excited.
Lewis will primarily be a designated hitter for Seattle as ongoing knee issues have limited his ability to play on the field.
Lewis suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee last spring and underwent surgery. His recovery was slowed by setbacks and he was eventually stopped by Seattle late in the season. Lewis also suffered a bone bruise in his knee during that spring training which cost him the first weeks of the season.
The first major problem Lewis had with his knee was in 2016 when he tore his ACL.
“He won’t be playing outfield anytime soon. He will mainly be our DH. But we will see where it leads,” Servais said.
If Lewis can rediscover the success at the plate he had in 2020, it would be a big boost for Seattle’s trailing offense. In the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, Lewis hit .262 with 11 home runs and 28 RBIs in 58 games. He was batting .246 with five homers in 36 games at the end of his 2021 season.
Seattle got poor production from the designated hitter. Going into Tuesday, the DH position for Seattle was at a measly 0.155.
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