Lewis' rehab plan delayed; Marmolejos back

August 31st, 2021

SEATTLE -- did not begin a Minor League rehab assignment on Monday, as he and the Mariners had hoped he would, after the center fielder came out of baserunning and sliding drills on Sunday feeling general body soreness.

Mariners manager Scott Servais indicated that Lewis’ issue was not specifically related to his surgically repaired right knee, but rather, typical fatigue after attempting to aggressively run the bases and slide, which represented the final item on his checklist before heading out to play in live games.

“We'll see how he responds to that,” Servais said. “We’re still very hopeful he'll get out there soon. Going into yesterday's workout, I thought it would be today or tomorrow. But that's not going to be the case right now.”

Triple-A Tacoma has one game remaining before embarking on a six-game road trip that begins Wednesday, meaning High-A Everett, which plays at home through the weekend, would be the more likely spot for Lewis to rehab if he were to begin that assignment this week.

Lewis participated in pregame workouts on Friday and Saturday, including full outfield work, and since Aug. 13 has been hitting in batting practice on the field when the team is at home.

If and when he does begin a rehab, Lewis will begin by taking at-bats at DH before slowly transitioning back to the outfield.

After Monday’s series opener against Houston, the Mariners have just 30 games remaining, but given that they remain in the postseason hunt, they would gladly welcome back the 2020 American League Rookie of the Year -- but only if he’s fully healthy.

Marmo back after raking for Rainiers
After more than three stellar months with Triple-A Tacoma, was recalled by the big league club, batting sixth on Monday and playing left field, where he’s expected to regularly contribute.

Marmolejos brings more of a power threat than Jake Bauers, who will see a decrease in playing time following Monday’s transaction, which also included Jimmy Yacabonis being designated for assignment. Because Ty France has emerged as a legitimate everyday first baseman, the only real need right now is in left field and at DH, where Luis Torrens will continue to see the bulk of the action.

Marmolejos played five of his 31 games in left field during his first stint earlier this year and has played nine games there for Tacoma in August. But what sticks out more than anything has been the resurgence of his bat.

The 28-year-old hit .360/.452/.700 (1.152 OPS) with 23 homers, 13 doubles, two triples and 71 RBIs in 303 plate appearances over 72 games for the Rainiers -- representing a huge improvement from the .139/.266/.278 (.544 OPS) worth of production he had in Majors earlier this season after breaking camp out of Spring Training.

“First of all, he looks great,” Servais said. “I don't know what they’re eating down there or whatever, but his biceps are freaking huge right now. I forgot how big he was.

“We will use him in left field. He's been getting a lot of reps in left field. You’ll see him DH some days. That's kind of where he'll fit. I know he's made some adjustments with the bat. Certainly, the numbers look great. He's had a heck of a season in Triple-A and we’re hoping he can help us out a little bit with some thump in our lineup.”