Never forget, Rangers fans — Colby Lewis, until further notice, is the greatest postseason pitcher in Texas Rangers history.
And while he's been with the Rangers all this time, he hasn't pitched a game for them since July 2012 when he was shut down to undergo surgery in order to repair a torn flexor tendon in his elbow, which wasn't the way he wanted to see his contract year come to an end.
He got a one-year deal from the Rangers for 2013 to help him build up his value again and hopefully get a good season from the veteran, and then Lewis never pitched after ramping up for a return and making a couple of rehab starts. The reason? He opted to have hip resurfacing surgery to hopefully help a degenerative hip condition Lewis has dealt with basically his entire career.
Now, by all accounts, Lewis is on track to open spring training on schedule, with no restrictions, as he hopes to compete for a starting spot in the Rangers' rotation.
“The Rangers have been [gracious] to give me another opportunity this year to try to make the club,” Lewis told ESPN Dallas. “That’s all I can do is go out there and perform with what I’ve got. If it’s good enough, I’ll make the club. If it’s not, we’ll see what’s out there.”
Lewis, 34, might not ever pitch another game for the Rangers. But who know? Maybe he'll get a chance to help the Rangers out in October once again and further his legacy in the Rangers franchise among pitchers like Cliff Lee, John Burkett and Derek Holland.