The Texas Rangers are still searching for a No. 5 starter to fall into the rotation behind Derek Holland and Alexi Ogando. Unfortunately, they have a great candidate for a No. 3 or No. 4 pitcher in seasoned veteran Colby Lewis who is rehabbing from midseason arm surgery last season.
Lewis is set to be ready to return to the team some time this summer, but so far, so good in regards to his rehab.
Lewis reported to Surprise, Ariz., with the rest of the Rangers' pitchers and catchers and has been playing long toss from 120 feet, according to ESPN Dallas. That puts him on schedule to begin going from about 150 or 160 feet at some point in the future, which would signal the time to begin throwing from the mound. Right now, the plan is for Lewis to be ready to return to the Rangers some time in June, although late May hasn't been ruled out.
"I don’t want to push the issue and come back too soon and not be ready for the push," Lewis told ESPN Dallas.
Lewis said his arm has not had any stiffness or pain and is pleased with his progress.
"I haven’t had any pain," Lewis said. "I feel great. There's never been a day where I’ve woken up and it’s been stiff or hard to get loose. I’m telling them exactly how I feel. I’m not lying. It feels great."
Getting Lewis back in May would be a great surprise for the Rangers and would put him back less than a year after he tore the flexor tendon in his right elbow last summer.