This article is part of our Fantasy Baseball Injury Report series.
The Mariners prospect's historically problematic knee is once again an issue. His problems began in July of 2016 when he tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and both menisci in the joint. He then missed time earlier this year with a bone bruise on the same joint. Lewis' recent flareup has been diagnosed as another meniscus tear, and he is currently evaluating treatment options.
While nonsurgical routes are available, surgery is often necessary for these types of injuries. Once the player opts to go under the knife, his eventual timeline for recovery is often predicated on which surgical approach is used. A meniscus can be repaired or it can be removed in a procedure known as a meniscectomy. After the damaged bit of cartilage is excised, the player can return in as little as six weeks. If a more intricate repair is deemed possible and performed, the recovery is measured in months, not weeks. However, in a true repair, the cartilage of the disc is preserved, and the individual has a better long-term outlook.
The team has insinuated Lewis will undergo a true repair but that will depend on the location of the current tear. This could be problematic given Lewis' injury history. Fantasy managers invested in the young outfielder should prepare for this to be an extended absence.
The veteran third baseman suffered a left shoulder sprain in a collision with teammate Brandon Belt. Normally when these types of injuries occur, the glenohumeral (GH)