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Twins shortstop Royce Lewis to miss season with partial ACL tear

May 13, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Twins shortstop Royce Lewis (23) doubles to deep left center off Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Aaron Civale (not pictured) during the fifth inning at Target Field. Lewis would later hit a grand slam home run in the same inning. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Twins rookie Royce Lewis will miss the rest of the season because of a partially torn ACL.

Lewis played just 12 games during his rookie campaign before injuring his knee May 29. He initially was diagnosed with a bone bruise.

In 12 games, Lewis hit .300 (12-for-40) with four doubles, two homers and five RBIs. He made 11 starts at shortstop and one start in center field.

Lewis said he would remain optimistic despite his latest setback. He did not play during the 2020 season as the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the minor leagues, and he missed the 2021 season as he recovered from his first ACL surgery.

Now comes yet another knee surgery.

“It helps that I’m literally living my best life and my dream,” Lewis said. “And just the blessing I’ve had, that God has bestowed upon me and my family.

“It’s just a pause, just another setback, that honestly will push me forward and propel me to greater heights. … It’s just life. People get knocked down all the time. People come back. Just makes the resurrection that much cooler.”

–Field Level Media