It’s been a long time coming: Royce Lewis is back with the Minnesota Twins.
Lewis was officially activated from the 60-day IL after rehabbing from his second ACL injury in two years. It’s truly been a battle that Twins fans have been invested in, and it’s insane to zoom out and think about how long Lewis’ journey to this point has been.
While he made his debut with the Twins last season, he only played in 12 games before suffering an ACL injury that ended his year early. That injury came on the heels of a first ACL injury that derailed his initial debut with the team, which should have been the triumphant culmination of a journey that started back in 2017.
It’s hard to believe Lewis has been in the Twins system for seven years, but it seems he’s finally going to become part of Minnesota’s core — the fulfillment of the prophecy.
With Lewis back in the majors, the only thing left to fully complete his return is to have him in the lineup, which he’s eligible to be starting Memorial Day in Houston.
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For all that has been made about hte long wait to see Lewis back with the Twins, there won’t be much waiting to see him back in the lineup.
Not only has Lewis been called up, but he’s going to be in the lineup right away. Rocco Baldelli revealed his lineup card for the Twins Memorial Day game against the Astros and Lewis is smack dab in the middle of it.
Lewis joining the Twins lineup couldn’t come at a better time for the team. Minnesota’s offense has been absolutely putrid as of late, despite a few pops here and there. Lewis was lighting it up during his rehab stint at Triple-A St. Paul, and the Twins absolutely could use his spark in the lineup.