Seattle Mariners: Injury update on outfielder Kyle Lewis

Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais provided an injury update for Kyle Lewis, which seems to indicate he’ll be out for another week or two.

It’s much too early in the season to qualify how much the Seattle Mariners are missing Kyle Lewis. Regardless, the ball club and fans alike have their fingers crossed that he returns sooner than later.

Lewis was placed on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to March 29. However, if the latest news is any indication, the best guess is he will not be back by the time this initial stint on the IL concludes.

Mariners manager Scott Servais hopes to have the 25-year-old hitting in the batting cage by early next week. However, his follow-up comments to the media seem to allude to an extended period of time being required to return to full health:

“The final hurdle obviously will be out on the field running around and seeing how it happens there chasing some balls in centerfield, things like that, and he’s a ways away from that.”

It fairness to the Mariners, they can’t be blamed for taking a cautious approach with Lewis, who is recovering from a deep bone bruise on the outside of his right knee. After the initial projection that he wouldn’t miss much playing time proved to be inaccurate, they want to take all necessary precautions.

As Servais previously said, the ball club is in it for the long haul in respect of becoming a regular contender in the coming decade. Everything they have done in recent years has been predicated on taking a smart approach, to build the farm system and strengthen their Major League roster.

There is no denying the Mariners have one of the best groups of young talent and potential in all of the Majors. Similarly, most experts would agree Lewis is a key component of this group.

Ever since making his Major League debut in September 2019, the 2016 11th overall draft pick has been any outstanding success for Seattle. He was unanimously voted as the 2020 American League Rookie of the Year and figures to be a fixture in the M’s lineup for many years to come.

Lewis’ defense is outstanding, while his bat only continues to get better. He so far has a batting line of .264/.347/.477. in his Major League career, but encouragingly saw this improve to .297/.386/.568 during spring training.

When the Snellville, Gerogia native will return to the field remains a mystery at this stage. However, it’s entirely possible he will see his time on the IL extended for another 10 days.

Based on the available information, what is your prediction for when Lewis will return to the Mariners’ lineup? Let us know in the comments section below.

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