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    ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 6: Colby Lewis #48 of the Texas Rangers throws in the first inning against Seattle Mariners at Global Life Park in Arlington on April 6, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)

    Colby Lewis had a pretty bad spring if stats are the lone measuring stick in spring training.

    Of course, that's anything but the case, but at some point the general thought is that Lewis will fall apart and it could be this season as he's pitching on his third straight one-year deal with the Rangers.

    You name it in terms of medical problems and surgeries, and Lewis has had it, including an unprecedented hip resurfacing surgery.

    Yet, Lewis has continually bounced back and been a rock of the Rangers' starting rotation for years now, including last year when he led the team with 17 wins and 204 2/3 innings pitched. On Wednesday, he made his season debut and turned in a quality start — the third in as many games for a Rangers starter.

    Lewis worked six innings, gave up six hits and gave up three runs with three walks and four strikeouts on 96 pitches.

    At this point, if you can get six innings from Lewis, that's fantastic, and if he can continue to do that with some regularity the Rangers are going to have a really nice No. 5 starter when the rotation works itself out after Yu Darvish's return in late May or early June.