11:24 a.m.: Less than 24 hours after replacing him on the major league roster with Royce Lewisthe Twins recalled their infielder Jose Miranda to take Lewis’ place, the team announced. The move gives Miranda another shot at establishing himself in the big leagues, though his path to playing time is far less clear.
First promoted in early May, Miranda got off to a slow start in the majors, recording a .164/.200/.284 triple slash in 70 trips to the plate. He posted a stronger .256/.295/.442 line in 95 plate appearances at Triple-A St. Paul, though he’s not yet close to matching the combined .344/.401/. 572 he posted between St. Paul and Double-A Wichita in 2021.
9:15 a.m.: Just a day after being recalled from the miners, Royce Lewis will be placed on the injured list due to a bruised bone in his right knee. The corresponding movement seems to be a callback to Jose Miranda, as Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press relays that he starts today’s game. Miranda was just optioned yesterday when Lewis was recalled. Position players cannot normally return until 10 days after being drafted, although exceptions are made for IL placements and doubleheaders. Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune relay the word of the director Rocco Baldelli Lewis’ injury doesn’t seem too serious, it’s just that the team needs every position on the roster for scheduling reasons.
On May 20, the Twins started an 18-game-in-17-day series, thanks to tomorrow’s doubleheader in Detroit. Given this grind and a number of pitching staff injuries, the club currently has only 12 position players on the active roster. With this small bench of three players, they can’t afford to use a spot on a player who won’t be available, even if it’s only for a few days.
Dan Hayes of The Athletic confirms the IL’s imminent placement, noting that the upcoming trip to Toronto also plays a role. It was reported yesterday that the club expects ‘a few’ players to be unable to cross the border into Canada due to their unvaccinated status, which could further hamper the team in the coming days.
Lewis started his MLB career on a high, but was demoted once Carlos Correa income from injury to return to regular shortstop duties. After his demotion, he practiced a bit in the outfield and started in center field for the Twins yesterday before his injury. In 12 league games so far, he’s hit .300/.317/.550 for a wRC+ of 150.