The Mariners got some good news on the injury front as outfielder Kyle Lewis (concussion) began a rehab assignment with Class AAA Tacoma and was in the Rainiers’ lineup Sunday night at home against Salt Lake.
“He’ll be there a while,” Servais said. “He needs to get out and play, make sure he feels good, get his timing with his swing and get out in the outfield. … Obviously, it has been a while since he has played so he needs to get some game action.”
On Sunday, Lewis went 0-1 with a walk as the designated hitter.
Lewis missed most of the first two months of the season recovering from a knee injury, then played in four games before suffering a concussion May 28. He made an immediate impact in the four games he played, hitting a pair of homers.
Lewis was only used as the DH in those four games to protect his knee. He needed two days off after playing in the outfield at the start of an early May rehab assignment with Tacoma and was not in the outfield again with the Rainiers before his call-up.
This time with Tacoma, Lewis will see a lot of action in the outfield, according to Servais. But Lewis began his assignment Sunday night as the designated hitter.
Lewis can spend 20 days on the rehab assignment, and the team is allowed to ask for an extension if it’s deemed necessary.
France not ready to return
First baseman Ty France (sprained elbow) is eligible to return from the injured list Monday, but Servais said Sunday, “I don’t think we will be activating him tomorrow.”
“I know he is from San Diego and he would love to do that, but he’s not quite ready yet,” Servais said. “He’s getting close, and we’ll wait and see how things progress with him today and tomorrow. Maybe there is an outside chance we could get him over the weekend — hopeful, but I don’t know. He has to get out on the field, hit against some velocity and see what that feels like.”
France has been the team’s most productive hitter this season, hitting .316 with 10 homers and 45 runs batted in, with an OPS of .867.