Twins set timeline for potential return of Brooks Lee

After a setback at the start of the year, it seems like we might be getting closer to seeing the debut of Brooks Lee.
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While all eyes are on Royce Lewis and his rehab assignment with the St. Paul Saints, there’s another player working his way back that should be getting just as much attention.

Lewis has already debuted with the Twins and his impact almost goes without saying. Brooks Lee hasn’t yet gotten that call to make his MLB debut but it seems he might be on track to have that happen in the near future.

Like Lewis, we haven’t seen much of Lee this season due to injury. A herniated disc kept him out of action at the start of the year and he’s only just started a rehab assignment to work his way back. So far everything seems to be going extremely well on that front, as Lee is lighting up Single-A Fort Myers and is on track to make his season debut with the St. Paul Saints very soon.

Not only that, but a return to Triple-A likely means his timeline to getting called up by the Twins is back in place.

Twins give a huge Brooks Lee injury update amid rehab assignment in Fort Myers

According to Star Tribune beat writer Bobby Nightengale, the Twins are expected to keep Lee in Fort Myers for about another week but the plan is to get him back in Triple-A soon. Not only does this mean we have a timeline for his return to St. Paul but it could be a precursor to his debut with the Twins.

Had Lee not suffered a back injury in the final week of Spring Training there’s a decent chance he’s already on the Twins roster. He was the obvious choice to get called up once Lewis hit the IL with a right quad strain, but a herniated disc threw those plans out of whack.

Lewis is already at St. Paul on his rehab assignment, and it’s clear he’s chomping at the bit to get back with the Twins, but his return to the MLB roster won’t necessarily block Lee from getting called up. If anything, the short term gain for fans will be to get a glimpse into the future with both Lee and Lewis in the same lineup with the Saints.

As for when they’ll both be on the Twins roster, this seems to be a case of walking before we run — especially with Lewis. The rise of Jose Miranda might complicate Lee’s place on teh Twins roster but for the time being it will simply be nice to see him get back into action and begin settling in after missing so much time early this season.

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