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Report from The Fort: Royce Lewis Tears ACL, Will Miss 2021 Season

FORT MYERS - The Twins announced on Wednesday morning the Twins prospect Royce Lewis has a torn ACL. He will have surgery on Friday in Minneapolis and then rehab in Ft. Myers. He will miss the 2021 season.
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Lewis reported this weekend, went through COVID protocol and had his physical on Monday. He reported some soreness in his right knee. He felt a little soreness doing some side-to-side running, and then slipped on some ice in Texas. A subsequent MRI revealed the full tear.

Lewis is the Twins #2 prospect in the Twins organization (who Twins Daily, coincidentally, profiled today) and was expected to get a full year's at-bats in some combination of AA-Witchita or AAA-St. Paul. He struggled in 2019 in A ball, but rebounded in the fall in the Arizona Fall League, setting up high expectations for 2020.

He spent 2020 training in St. Paul during the cancelled minor league season, where Falvey said the organization saw a lot of development, especially defensively. "Defensively, he can make the flash play as well as anybody", said Falvey. "He can go extend - his athleticism just plays - but those routine plays and getting those ground balls regularly, that was an area of focus for him developmentally. And we thought he did a good job over there last year."

As a result, the Twins were very interested to see how he developed this year. His natural track would have been to start at AA, but Falvey admitted they were waiting to see where he was at the end of camp before making a decision. Instead, the 21-year-old will go through a 9-12 month rehab period, returning in 2021.

Following the day's workout, Rocco Baldelli addressed the media. "It’s very tough news in a lot of ways. I feel for Royce more than anything else. He was very much looking forward to getting going this year. A lot of enthusiasm coming in, and to deal with that, it’s not easy. It’s certainly a setback but one that he can certainly overcome."
Shortstops have generated quite a bit of news in these early days of spring training. Yesterday, the Twins announced they had signed 34-year-old Andrew Romine to a minor league deal and invited him to camp. Asked point blank if that was related to their concerns about Lewis, Falvey said that had been arranged before Lewis' physical.

The Twins also announced that starting shortstop Andrelton Simmons is not in camp, stuck in Curacoa with travel issues, and that he is not the only player who is. The Twins expect that situation to be resolved, but did not give a timeframe.

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OMG we are cursed at the SS position.

    • woolywoolhouse and JDubs like this

That's a bummer man.

A......... OMG..

Son-of-a-Sea-Cook.

Sounds like he didn’t even know he tore it. He just complained of discomfort and then they saw it. I wonder how long he had it
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MMMordabito
Feb 24 2021 09:56 AM

Wow ... This is terrible news.I watched Seth's interview this morning and was looking forward to his ascent.I'm glad he's just 21.I think he has the make-up to get through this.

 

Good luck with the surgery and rehab, Royce.Twins Nation is pulling for you.

    • glunn, Otwins, mikelink45 and 2 others like this
Dang. Sucks
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Brock Beauchamp
Feb 24 2021 10:03 AM

I was hoping to get to watch him live in St Paul some time later this year.

 

Well, that's the Twins for ya. When's the last time they had a heralded prospect make it through the minors and into the majors without a significant injury along the way?

 

I fully expect Alex Kirilloff to be killed by a falling blimp any day now.

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sampleSizeOfOne
Feb 24 2021 10:05 AM

I too am sorry to hear this news. I hope catching it early makes the recovery eaisier and more likely he'll recover fully

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SgtSchmidt11
Feb 24 2021 10:08 AM

 

I was hoping to get to watch him live in St Paul some time later this year.

 

Well, that's the Twins for ya. When's the last time they had a heralded prospect make it through the minors and into the majors without a significant injury along the way?

 

I fully expect Alex Kirilloff to be killed by a falling blimp any day now.

I heard he bought tickets for Titanic 2's maiden voyage...

    • Brock Beauchamp, Squirrel and glunn like this
Can one of our medical experts weigh in? What are the implications of a small tear vs large or complete tear?

Feel bad for the kid. Critical year of development lost.
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woolywoolhouse
Feb 24 2021 10:19 AM

So what free-agent SS do the Twins sign to a one-year contract in 2022 to fill the hole Simmons was filling until Lewis was ready? And the recent signing of Romine suddenly makes a lot more sense.

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I was hoping to get to watch him live in St Paul some time later this year.

 

Well, that's the Twins for ya. When's the last time they had a heralded prospect make it through the minors and into the majors without a significant injury along the way?

 

I fully expect Alex Kirilloff to be killed by a falling blimp any day now.

Kiriloff already missed the entire 2017 season with an injury - if anyone, it'd likely be Larnach as he hasn't had an injury issues and has torn up the minors so far. Or maybe Jeffers.

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Parker Hageman
Feb 24 2021 10:20 AM
and then slipped on some ice in Texas.

 

 

Texas is the worst.

    • glunn, Puckett34, drbob524 and 2 others like this

Sounds like when I tore my ACL. Had no pain, just instability in the leg. Especially moving laterally and twisting.

 

The more medical experts can correct me, but I think you tend to get more pain with a ACL tear when the MCL and meniscus are involved. They call it the Unhappy Triad

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ACL tears aren't fun, but he's a young guy and will bounce back quick. Looking forward to seeing him play in 2022. 

 

People can moan all they want about the Twins being cursed or whatever, but injuries unfortunately happen to every team. 

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Andrelton Simmons needs to be put in bubble wrap right now. The SS depth is non-existent.

Simmons
Polanco
Gordon
Riddle
Romine

Ick.
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Brock Beauchamp
Feb 24 2021 10:37 AM

Kiriloff already missed the entire 2017 season with an injury - if anyone, it'd likely be Larnach as he hasn't had an injury issues and has torn up the minors so far. Or maybe Jeffers.

LOL I completely forgot about 2017.

Sigh.
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Why do our top prospects either get knee injuries or Tommy John? Off the top of my head;

Joe Mauer
Miguel Sano
Alex Kiriloff
Royce Lewis
Jason Kubel
Francisco Liriano
Luis arraez
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LA VIkes Fan
Feb 24 2021 10:44 AM

 

ACL tears aren't fun, but he's a young guy and will bounce back quick. Looking forward to seeing him play in 2022. 

 

People can moan all they want about the Twins being cursed or whatever, but injuries unfortunately happen to every team. 

 

Sounds like when I tore my ACL. Had no pain, just instability in the leg. Especially moving laterally and twisting.

 

The more medical experts can correct me, but I think you tend to get more pain with a ACL tear when the MCL and meniscus are involved. They call it the Unhappy Triad

Same here. Completely tore my ACL and it didn't really hurt until/unless I tried to move side to side. The meniscus tears I've had hurt a lot more. The good news is that with time and rehab he can come back very close to what he was. The bad news is that he is no longer the 2022 starting SS, now it's at least 2023. Wish we'd signed Simmons for 2 years rather than 1. 

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#1 overall, turns 22 in 3 months, will spend next season rehabbing and learning to hit consistently (hopefully). Playing for Twins in 2023 as he turns 24? Sucks for him even more than it sucks for us.

    • Scott51104, MNT1996 and VivaBomboRivera! like this

 

Andrelton Simmons needs to be put in bubble wrap right now. The SS depth is non-existent.

Simmons
Polanco
Gordon
Riddle
Romine

Ick.

With all due respect, having a 2019 All-Star in Polanco as the backup SS isn't exactly "non-existent", at least in my opinion.

 

I know his fielding has been dragged through the mud, but in my opinion it's gone way too far. People here literally think Polanco is the worst fielding baseball player to ever put on a baseball uniform.

 

Polanco is more than sufficient at shortstop and he's made great plays. Better than Simmons? No way. Chopped liver? Most certainly not.

    • Otwins, Shaitan, Dozier's Glorious Hair and 6 others like this

Bah-ROO-TAAAL.

 

Damn. So he's gonna miss this year, spend next year in the minors catching up, and now his ETA is 2023? Yeowch.

    • rdehring likes this

 

Why do our top prospects either get knee injuries or Tommy John? Off the top of my head;

Joe Mauer
Miguel Sano
Alex Kiriloff
Royce Lewis
Jason Kubel
Francisco Liriano
Luis arraez

 

You could look at any team's prospects over the years and find some that have had injuries that held back their minor league development 

WTF 😳
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