Twins 3B Royce Lewis exits with quad injury after Opening Day homer in 4-1 win

Royce Lewis wasted absolutely no time celebrating his first Opening Day with the Minnesota Twins.

Lewis blasted an 0-2 fastball 423 feet over the left field fence with two outs in the first inning to give the Twins an early 1-0 lead in Kansas City. This marks his first healthy Opening Day, after dealing with knee surgeries each of the last two seasons.

Lewis’s first two hits of the postseason last year also went for home runs. He has a knack for performing in the big moments.

On Wednesday during the team’s workout day at Kauffman Stadium, Lewis sat down with FOX 9 Sports Director Jim Rich to talk about the season ahead.

Unfortunately for the Twins, Lewis didn't make it past the third inning. Trying to score on a Carlos Correa double, Lewis ran awkwardly around second base and had to leave the game with an injury. The Twins say he suffered a right quadriceps injury. 

Lewis talked about the injury in the clubhouse after the game.

"I was just confused. Honestly it just felt like a little cramp. It just tightened up and the first thing that was in my mind was that dang, it should be 3-1. Carlos hit it perfectly down in the corner for me to score, I was just bummed that I couldn’t score," Lewis said.

Rocco Baldelli said after the game Lewis had an MRI done during the game.

"Right now I don’t have an update. He had an MRI, we’re going to take some time and evaluate it, see how he’s doing. Obviously a very difficult situation seeing him come off the field like that. He just continues to just produce and produce, it’s pretty amazing actually," Baldelli said. "We’re going to assess him and probably have an update in the next day or two. Not the way you want to start the season out on the injury side of things."

The Twins started the season with a 4-1 win over the Royals. Carlos Correa had three hits and two RBI, and Pablo Lopez allowed just one run over seven innings while striking out seven.