SEATTLE – Kyle Lewis ended Monday’s 5-6 win over the A with discomfort in his right knee, the Mariners announced, a potentially worrying development for the reigning American League rookie of the year.
Lewis experienced the problem when he made an oblique jump deep into the gap in right midfield in the eighth inning while trying to track down a Sean Murphy flyball that resulted in a game-defining double. Lewis landed upright, with most of his weight resting on his left foot, before pausing and firing a throw back into second base once the barrel scored a goal.
The midfielder stayed in play for the final from that frame, then was replaced when the club returned to the top in ninth place from Jarred Kelenic, who passed over from the left.
Lewis suffered a bone contusion in the same knee during spring training that forced him to miss the first 17 regular season games. Shortly after being drafted in 2016, he also tore the ACL in his right knee, which took a long road to recovery.
“The ball Murphy hit over his head or in the gap there in the eighth inning he kind of grabbed and I think when it came down he had a pain in his knee,” said Scott Servais, manager of Mariners. âA bit like maybe what he felt in spring training. He missed some time with it, so just as a precaution. Let’s get him out of the game. Let’s take a look at it and have a look from there. So again, we’ll wait and see. “
The Mariners rallied in tenth place for a walk-off win, but Lewis’ spot on the line-up was occupied by Jack Mayfield, who scored the winning goal.
The setback comes at a time when Lewis is heating up on the plate and looking a lot more like the player who took the majors by storm at the start of his award-winning 2020 season. He went 4-1 with an RBI double in the fourth inning on Monday and increased his season slash line to .246 / .333 / .392 to end a stellar May when he hit the Mariners with a .368 on- cited. Base percentage.