Royce Lewis had a fantastic start to the 2024 Major League Baseball season, getting two hits in as many at-bats and one home run during Opening Day against the Kansas City Royals. Unfortunately, that promising start abruptly ended after he suffered a severe right quad strain, bringing him to the injured list.

Lewis suffered an injury when he tried to run from first base. He felt the injury as he went past second base and stopped at third while visibly in pain. The Twins will rest him for a month before finding out his condition. Worse yet, he could miss up to eight weeks before playing again.

This injury marks yet another setback for Lewis, who has been plagued by injuries over the past three seasons. After missing the entire 2021 season and parts of 2022 due to an ACL tear, his return was cut short by another ACL injury, causing him to miss up to 53 games in the 2023 season.

Lewis also suffered hamstring and oblique injuries, which led to the IL. Sadly, his quad injury will further dent his promising career because he has only played 71 games from 2022 to 2024. The Twins hope he can be injury-free because he has displayed his hot bat when healthy. Lewis has hit .313/.369/.564/.933 with 81 hits, 58 RBIs, and 18 home runs in 259 at-bats.

Rookie utilityman Austin Martin will replace Lewis. In addition to Lewis, starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani will be out for the season after undergoing surgery on the flexor tendon in his right elbow.

-Lance Fernandez