The Twins optioned Lewis to Triple-A St. Paul following Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Athletics, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports. With Carlos Correa (finger) due to return from the 10-day injured list Wednesday, Lewis' time as Minnesota's everyday shortstop was set to end, and the organization decided the 22-year-old was best off playing on a regular basis at Triple-A rather than more sporadically as a super-utility man in the big leagues. Lewis ended his first stint in the majors with a bang, going 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a double Tuesday to bring his OPS up to .889 through his first 11 MLB games. According to Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Lewis will see most of his action at shortstop as a he returns to Triple-A, though the Twins plan to move him around and give him some exposure to different positions in an effort to increase his pathways to at-bats when he makes his return to the big club.
Lewis will start at shortstop and bat seventh in Tuesday's game in Oakland. Though MLB.com initially reported that Carlos Correa (finger) was on track to make his return from the 10-day injured list Tuesday, the Twins will instead wait at least one more day before adding the star shortstop back to the mix. That clears the way for Lewis to man shortstop for the 11th game in a row, after the star rookie continued to impress in Monday's 3-1 win by reaching base on a double and a walk while coming around to score twice. He's now submitted a .763 OPS over his first 36 big-league plate appearances, giving him a compelling case to stick around with the Twins as a super-utility player once Correa is reinstated.
Lewis went 2-for-4 with a grand slam and two runs scored in Friday's 12-8 win over Cleveland. Lewis' first MLB homer was a 395-foot grand slam off of Bryan Shaw that capped off an eight-run fifth inning for Minnesota. The rookie infielder is hitting .320 through 25 career at-bats. If he continues to prove that he's capable at the plate, Lewis could stay on the big league roster once Carlos Correa (finger) returns.
Lewis will still be called up by the Twins on Friday despite the fact that Carlos Correa doesn't have a broken finger, Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic reports. Lewis looked to be in line for an extended run as the Twins' shortstop, as reports from Thursday indicated that Correa had fractured his right middle finger after getting hit by a pitch. A CT scan Friday revealed that Correa hadn't in fact suffered a fracture, so he'll avoid the injured list for now. Lewis should get at least a start or two until Correa's swelling goes down, but he'll be in a fight for at-bats elsewhere on the diamond once Correa is ready to go.
Lewis has been called up from Triple-A St. Paul and will start at shortstop Friday against the A's, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports. With Carlos Correa suffering a broken finger after getting hit by a pitch in Thursday's game, Lewis was the logical option to take over at shortstop. The Twins' No. 1 overall prospect and the first overall pick in the 2017 draft, Lewis has been one of the best stories in the minors this year, hitting .310/.427/.560 with three home runs, eight steals on nine attempts, a 15.5 BB% and an 18.4 K% in 103 plate appearances at Triple-A. He missed last year with a torn ACL and has come back better than ever at the plate. Correa will likely miss at least several weeks. If Lewis holds his own, he could remain up once Correa is activated, as he is capable of playing any position on the field.