Minnesota Twins shortstop Royce Lewis probably would have debuted in the majors last season if not for a torn right ACL in February 2021.
Instead, Lewis, the Twins’ No. 1 prospect, had to sit and wait and heal. He finally made his MLB debut on May 6 and produced pretty good numbers through 40 at-bats (six extra-base hits, .300 average, .867 OPS). But today, some terrible news for the rookie: He has a partial tear of that same knee ligament and is expected to miss 12 months.
Royce Lewis has a partial tear to the ACL in his right knee, the same one he had surgically repaired last year. Rocco says he’s headed for another ACL reconstruction surgery.— Do-Hyoung Park (@dohyoungpark) June 10, 2022
Estimated recovery time is 12 months for now for the #MNTwins No. 1 prospect.
Lewis played 11 games in the major leagues before being sent back down on May 18. He returned to the Twins soon thereafter and got a start in center field. However, he didn’t make it through that first game back on May 29. Instead, he had to depart in the fourth inning after banging his right knee into the wall during the process of making a great catch. Lewis was diagnosed with a bone bruise and placed on the injured list the following day.
But the damage created by that collision is much worse than initially feared.
The Twins have star players at shortstop and in center field — Carlos Correa and Byron Buxton — but both men have plenty of injury history, and Correa will likely opt out of his contract following this season. Losing Lewis is not only a brutal break for him, it’s a gutshot to the team’s depth both for the present and future.
We’ve known Royce Lewis for years now. He’s so relentlessly positive, and still is. He was smiling with his teammates in the clubhouse and joking with us. He’s not afraid of the ACL surgery because he’s already done it once before, he says.— Do-Hyoung Park (@dohyoungpark) June 10, 2022