Colby Lewis #48 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the Houston Astros in the 1st inning on May 20, 2012 during interleague play at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.
It seems with every passing day, a Colby Lewis re-emergence would be bigger and bigger for the Texas Rangers.
And with each passing day, it seems having a healthy Lewis for the 2014 season is becoming more and more realistic for the Rangers.
Lewis, on Wednesday, threw his second batting practice since pitchers and catchers reported on Sunday, and once again reported no issues and got the seal of approval from both manager Ron Washington and general manager Jon Daniels.
Lewis told 105.3 The Fan that he feels great after undergoing hip resurfacing surgery late in the 2013 season, essentially falling just shy of a complete hip replacement. That came about a year after he underwent surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon in his pitching elbow. He hasn't pitched in the bigs since July 2012, but he's ready to get back on the mound for the Rangers after signing a minor-league deal in the offseason.
“I recovered really really nicely,” said Lewis on 105.3 The Fan’s New School with Shan & RJ. “Wash was excited to see me. He said it was really crazy to see how quickly I recovered.”
Lewis is the greatest postseason pitcher in Rangers history and has a history of being a slight injury risk, but also of being a bulldog who loves to compete and eat innings. He'd be a huge bonus as a veteran presence on a staff full of youth and question marks.