SEATTLE —Activated former American League rookie-of-the year He was placed on the injured list Tuesday, almost a year since he last played in an MLB game.
The 2020 rookie of year, Lewis, was out most of last season with a right knee injury. However, the Mariners, who are in a slump, hope that his return can spark a revival.
For Tuesday's match against Oakland, Lewis was seventh batting. His last major league match was May 31, 2021.
“It's thrilling to have him back. Scott Servais, the manager, stated that it has been a long time. He's done a lot to get back here. It hasn't been easy. Many bumps on the road but I know he's happy.
Because of ongoing knee problems, Lewis will be Seattle's designated hitter.
Lewis had a torn Meniscus in his right leg last spring. He was eventually forced to stop by Seattle at the end of the season after his recovery was slowed down by setbacks. Lewis also sustained a knee injury during spring training which ultimately cost him his season.
Lewis's first problem with his knee was in 2016, when the ACL was torn.
He won't be playing outfield any time soon. He will be our DH. We'll see what it leads,” Servais stated.
Seattle's offense would benefit greatly if Lewis could regain his 2020 success at the plate. Lewis hit.262 in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. He had 11 home runs and 28 RBIs in 58 games. His 2021 season was over. He was batting at.246 and had five homers in 36 of his games.
The designated hitter position has been a poor spot for Seattle. On Tuesday, Seattle's DH position was at.155.