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Reigning AL Rookie of the Year Kyle Lewis activated from 10-day IL, Braden Bishop optioned

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Both Kyles are back In Play.

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The Seattle Mariners have activated reigning American League Rookie of the Year, OF Kyle Lewis, from the 10-day IL as he’s recovered from a bone bruise near his knee suffered against the wall late in Spring Training. As a corresponding move, the club has optioned OF Braden Bishop to the Alternate Training Site, which for the Mariners is... T-Mobile Park. Not a big trek.

There’s no bad time to get back healthy your club’s best player from the past season, but Seattle’s delightful run of success lately has them in fine form, in spite of a lineup that is top-heavier than an ostrich on a creatine diet. However, with Ty France no doubt still smarting from Dustin May’s poorly commanded upper-90s heat leaving a crater in his forearm, Seattle may need Lewis’ thump in the lineup from the jump. France fortunately saw his x-rays return negative, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see him get today off, with an off-day tomorrow, to hopefully return full bore on Thursday.

Kyle Lewis will make his season debut this afternoon at last, filling a Mariners outfield that has bolstered the club even with the absence of Lewis, the still-sidelined Jake Fraley, and the currently poor-low-minors-pitcher-obliterating Jarred Kelenic. Despite mercurial results from Taylor Trammell highlighted by a Zunino-esque strikeout rate and adventurous defense from José Marmolejos, both players have been positive players in the aggregate, and Mitch Haniger has returned to being, well, Seattle’s Champion. Lewis has his own regression questions to answer, but entering his second “full” season in the bigs (despite having just 76 games and 317 PAs in his entire career thus far) the 25 year old has every opportunity to make adjustments and continue improving against the best of the best. That process begins tonight against the juggernaut Dodgers. We know he knows how to make an entrance.