In the face of another final seasonal operation, the Twins hope Lewis remains happy

Royce Lewis’ first season in the league is over, but it’s hard to tell by looking at him.

The pressed face on his right knee was the only thought in the Twins’ clubhouse on Friday that the upper extremity was not healthy, as his face was smiling even as he described in detail to repair his right knee again. many years.

“Finally I play again, a lot of fun I do and I don’t care where I play, where I hit, not hit, on the bench. As long as I was healthy, having the opportunity to play,” Lewis said. “And now it’s all over again. The second part.”

Shortstop tore his back ligament in early 2021 and underwent repair surgery that removed him all season, before he ever played in 2020 when the epidemic put an end to minor league football. He returned to the field this season, making his MLB appearance when Carlos Correa’s side were injured.

The Twins heard briefly No. One of the 2017 nominations to return to Class AAA St. Paul to learn more about other roles and had just remembered him to play mid-game on May 29. But when he shot early in the game, he hit a wall, which also hit his knee, ending his season with 12 big. league games with an average of beating .300.

A 23-year-old boy loved the aftermath of a car accident. Lewis said after talking to midfielders like Byron Buxton, he realized he had jumped the wrong way to catch, which makes sense because it was his first game in a major league there.

“What I remember is that I know I’m about to make a really good performance, because you can tell when you’re about to catch up or not,” Lewis said. “… I told all my friends and even my teammates, ‘The middle ground is very easy.’ … [Now] I’m scared of the wall.

Both Lewis and manager Rocco Baldelli said they had no regrets about moving him into the field.

“At the moment, we are trying to win, and he is a very good young player, and he can play in the middle. “… That drama is probably the most rare, tragic accident at the time.”

The knee surgery will be slightly different from Lewis’s first, including a knee replacement, but his recovery will take 12 months. Lewis and the twins have not yet decided when the operation will be performed and which doctor. Lewis may have been close to the twins as soon as he completed his operation, which Baldelli said would be fine in his mind, but he could do much of his redesign work at Fort Myers, Fla.

Lewis said the first scan appeared to be a bone injury, but a second opinion a few weeks later showed complete damage. There was a way to try to play in injury, but Lewis said he did not want to take a position where he was not 100%, and also wanted to make a wise decision for his long-term future. league, since a complete tear may require repairing the knees.

Lewis is confident of returning from injury, having done so once. Baldelli said his return from the first tears was “amazing.” And since Lewis has fulfilled one dream of playing in the major leagues, he has the motivation to continue setting new goals.

“It helps me live a better life and my dreams,” Lewis said. “… It’s just a breath, another comeback, that honestly will push me forward and move me further. And maybe to reach other people and other hearts that are struggling with other things.

“It’s just life. People are knocked down all the time. People come back. It just makes the resurrection so cold.”


Exercise should arrive between beginners during the trip to Seattle.

Sonny Gray is due to emerge from the injury list Tuesday after recovering from his right arm. He threw 25-30 yards to make it to the fray on Friday, which Baldelli said went “smoothly,” and is on the line to start next week for the Twins. Joe Ryan also had a great time to recover as he recovered from COVID-19, throwing three innings with just one hit and four beats by St. Louis. Paul Thursday. Baldelli said Ryan will start the twins on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Josh Winder also launched a one-on-one inning for Saint Friday inning while working from the right shoulder. He stopped beating three times, running twice (plus a homer) and walking and beating three vs. Rochester. Baldelli said he would need to restart to complete the starting task.

Bailey Ober is still locked up due to a broken right groin and has not started throwing again.

Gonzalez starts Saturday

Baldelli said the twins have invited Chi Chi Gonzalez to start Saturday’s game. He made three innings in Toronto on June 3, leaving three innings and four hits, plus two homers. The twins need to make some changes to secure a place in the 40-man squad, although they have two players expected to be on the 60-day injury list.

bomb fear

Target Field was due to evacuate Friday morning after one of the sniffing dogs carried something around the truck. After sweeping the house, security was not a problem. And Baldelli said no team has come to the stadium so it did not affect the twins’ preparations for the night’s games.

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