Lewis (lat) will play catch Thursday for the first time since going down with a strained lat muscle in June, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Lewis will play catch at 60 feet Thursday and Saturday, and seems to be progressing right on schedule. The right-hander was expected to miss two months and should be ready to return to the club around late August.
Lewis (lat) isn't expected to resume throwing for at least two more weeks, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports. Lewis is on the 60-day DL and can't return until mid-August as a result, but his rehab timeline is trending toward an early September return at this point. He'll likely need the full 30 days allotted to him in a rehab assignment once he's cleared to begin one.
Lewis was moved to the 60-day DL on Saturday, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Lewis hit the 15-day DL earlier in the week with a strained lat muscle, and he'll now head to the 60-day list to make room for A.J. Griffin on the 40-man roster. Lewis is expected to miss up to two months, and Saturday's move would appear to suggest the Rangers don't believe he'll be back any earlier.
Lewis was placed on the 15-day DL on Wednesday and is expected to miss up to two months with a strained lat muscle, MLB.com's TR Sullivan reports. He won't throw for four weeks and may not be able to rejoin the rotation until late August. The lat is where the shoulder meets the back, so this is fairly serious for a starting pitcher. He will get another MRI in four weeks before embarking on a throwing program. Lewis joins Derek Holland and Yu Darvish on the DL, as the Rangers are left scrambling trying to piece together a big-league caliber rotation in the short term. It is unclear who will replace Lewis in the rotation at this time, but they could look to address their need via trade.
Before leaving with a cramp in his right triceps muscle, Lewis (6-1) allowed six runs on five hits to earn his first loss of the season. He walked one and struck out three. The veteran entered the game having pitched four consecutive quality starts, but was forced out before reaching the sixth inning for just the second time in 2016. Lewis has been great for the Rangers this season, and losing him for any amount of time would be an unfortunate blow to the team and fantasy owners.