Kyle Lewis 12/17/2021 Update: It’s been pretty quiet lately about Kyle Lewis. The most recent news came in a Seattle Times article by Ryan Divish in which he spoke with Jerry Dipoto a little bit back on November 9th.
"“We don’t know is the real answer to the question… We anticipate that he will be back when we get to spring training and we don’t really have a guess as to what he’s going to be capable of until we see it… (Lewis hasn’t undergone any further surgical procedures to the knee)… He’s rehabbing and rehabbing recovering from the one procedure he had, and he hasn’t had any other invasive procedures, but he has had some care.”"
The 2020 American League Rookie of the Year was expected to be a major part of the Mariners in 2021. He looked good as Spring Training started. For the second time in his career, he received a bone bruise in his knee from running into a wall.
He would come back and step right back into how he was playing the previous season. Through 36 games, he would hit .246/.333/.392. 2022 will still be his age-26 season, and he has amassed just 464 PAs in 112 games. He’s still been impressive, tallying a 2.5 WAR with a 120 OPS+.
Kyle Lewis injury history
Kyle Lewis has an interesting injury history for someone that hasn’t played much in the majors. Here’s a list of all the moderate-to-major things that have happened to him. The injuries he played through or tiny day-to-day stuff hasn’t been included.
November 5th, 2021 – Mariners activate Kyle Lewis from the 60-Day Injured List.
September 7th, 2021 – The Mariners shut down Lewis with a bone bruise to his right knee. The Mariners, originally hoping to have Lewis back for the stretch run, would instead shut him down for the season in hopes of having a fully healthy Lewis for the 2022 season.
June 18th, 2021 – Placed on the 60-Day Injured List.
June 9th, 2021 – knee surgery on torn right meniscus, tear revealed on June 1st.
June 1st, 2021 – Placed on the 10-Day Injured List.
April 20th, 2021 – Activated from Injured List, rejoins the Seattle Mariners.
March 22nd, 2021 – Spring Training – bone bruise right knee, missed 17 games. Would be placed on the official Injured List on March 31st.
July 21st, 2018 – Assigned to the Arkansas Travellers, the Mariners AA affiliate.
Early February 2018 – After rehabbing throughout the end of fall and beginning of winter, Jerry Dipoto let the world know that Kyle Lewis was actually going in for a knee scope and that he would be out 4-6 weeks while recovering.
Early October 2017 – He played the rest of the summer once he felt better after crashing into the wall. He would head to the Arizona Fall League. After experiencing a knee flare (unforeseen pain in the knee), he would be shut down in the AFL after just two games.
July 20th, 2017 – After being assigned to the AZL squad for a week, he would be reassigned to the Modesto squad again.
June 17th, 2017 – Just under a year from his ACL injury, Lewis was back in center field. Only six days after starting back up, he would bruise his knee after crashing into a wall and be out a couple of weeks. Unfortunately, this was a precursor for a later injury.
June 11th, 2017 – Assigned to Modesto Nuts, the Mariners A+ affiliate.
It all started back in 2016 for Kyle Lewis, soon after being drafted by the Mariners
July 19th, 2016 – This is where it all started. Just 40 days after being drafted by the Mariners, Kyle Lewis was playing in an Everett Aquasox game. He would head towards home plate, and in trying to avoid a tag, would end up tearing his right ACL, medial and lateral meniscus.
June 9th, 2016 – The Mariners draft Kyle Lewis with the 11th pick in the first round. He would be sent to the Everett Aquasox, the Mariners A ball short-season squad.