Kyle Lewis has been placed on the 10-day injured list by the Mariners, retroactive to March 29, but is not expected to miss much time.
As opening day approached, one of the main questions surrounded Kyle Lewis and if he would be ready to go. On Wednesday, what was strongly suspected became a reality, as the Mariners placed him on the 10-day injured list.
Lewis has not played since running into the outfield wall on March 22. He was not initially expected to miss much playing time, but was subsequently diagnosed with a deep bone bruise on the outside of his right knee.
Manager Scott Servais said the outfielder could have played on opening day, but the decision was made to take a cautious approach. Speaking to the media, Servais said:
“This is a training staff and my call. We are in it for the long haul here, and playing the long game and what this season is going to take just having everybody moving forward for the big chunk of the season, so Kyle is going to be out a little bit to start the season.”
The move was made retroactive to March 29, meaning Lewis will — at least theoretically — miss less games. Regardless, he will be a big loss for the Mariners no matter how long he is absent.
The 25-year-old has been a revelation for the M’s ever since making his Major League debut in September 2019. He has so far hit 17 home runs and 41 RBI in 76 games, with a slash line of .264/.347/.477.
Prior to his injury, Lewis had continue to see his bat improve, as evidenced by a slash line of .297/.386/.568 in Cactus League play during spring training. However, it is his defense which really stands out for Seattle.
Last season, the 2016 11th overall draft pick was unanimously named American League Rookie of the Year. He even received a vote for AL MVP and should be a fixture in the Mariners’ lineup for many years to come.
While Lewis is out, Taylor Trammel will move over to take his place in center field. Jake Fraley appears to have the inside track for Trammel’s spot in left field, although José Marmolejos could potentially get the call.
Pending Lewis’ return from the IL, what kind of campaign are you predicting for him? Are you confident he will build on his Rookie of the Year award from last season? Let us know in the comments section below.