Lewis (knee), who went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and two runs in Triple-A Tacoma's win over Salt Lake on Sunday, is now hitting .353 (6-for-17) with two home runs and six RBI over his first four rehab games with the Rainiers. Lewis is slated to remain at Tacoma for the majority of the maximum 20 days he's allotted for the rehab process, but he already seems to be in mid-season form. The talented outfielder is approximately 11 months removed from June 2021 meniscus surgery and will bring a significant infusion of power to the Mariners lineup whenever he is deemed ready for activation.
General manager Jerry Dipoto confirmed Thursday that the Mariners will keep Lewis on his minor-league rehab assignment for the majority of the allotted 20 days, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports. Dipoto said that he expects Lewis, who began the rehab assignment Tuesday, to remain at Triple-A Tacoma for the next two-and-a-half to three weeks before making his Mariners debut in the second half of May. The Mariners' decision to ease Lewis along slowly isn't too surprising, given that he's faced a lengthy recovery from the meniscus surgery he underwent last June. Lewis has gone 3-for-7 with a home run and a walk between his first two rehab games and is expected to rotate between designated hitter and the outfield throughout his time at Tacoma. Once activated from the 10-day injured list, Lewis could push for a near-everyday role with Mitch Haniger (ankle) out indefinitely and Jarred Kelenic having struggled mightily through the first month of the season.
Lewis (knee) will report to Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday to begin a rehab assignment. Lewis' scheduled appearance for Tacoma on Tuesday will mark his first game action in affiliated ball since late May of last season, when he developed a right knee injury that was later revealed to be a torn meniscus. He underwent surgery soon after and was expected to make a late-season return, but he suffered a setback in his recovery that prompted the Mariners to take a cautious approach with bringing him back to begin the 2022 campaign. Lewis has since appeared in games at extended spring training without any discomfort in his knee, so he'll now move on to Tacoma for rehab games in what marks the final step of his lengthy recovery process. Once activated from the 10-day injured list, Lewis could challenge the struggling Jarred Kelenic for an everyday role in the Seattle outfield.
Lewis (knee) has recently been playing in extended spring training games, Daniel Kramer of MLB.com reports. Lewis has been taking 4-to-5 at-bats per game while seeing some action in left field during his appearances at the team's extended spring training facility. The 26-year-old will require a minor-league rehab assignment before he's cleared to return, and president of baseball operations Jerry Dipoto said a rehab stint could happen sooner rather than later.
Mariners president of baseball operations Jerry Dipoto said Wednesday that Lewis (knee) has been taking live BP at the team's player development complex recently, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. Lewis is on the 10-day injured list to begin the season as he continues to recover from a procedure to repair a torn meniscus that he underwent in May 2021. While it's encouraging that he's been facing live pitching, he hasn't yet been cleared to play in extended spring training games. A better timetable for the 26-year-old's return will likely come into focus once he's able to get some game action under his belt.