During a minor league rehab appearance with Double-A Frisco on Monday afternoon, Rangers right-hander Colby Lewis allowed two runs on four hits (one homer) in 2 1/3 innings of work. He struck out three, walked one and threw 47 pitches, according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort-Worth Star-Telegram. Here's more from Wilson:
Colby Lewis doesn't think he can get big-league hitters out right now. Needs more arm strength, more velocity.— Jeff Wilson (@JeffWilson_FWST) May 20, 2013
Colby Lewis said he wants to be working at 88-91 mph. He was 85-86 today.— Jeff Wilson (@JeffWilson_FWST) May 20, 2013
Lewis, 33, had surgery in July to repair a torn flexor tendon in his elbow. He experienced some inflammation in his triceps about a week ago and had to slow down his rehab.
PitchFX says Lewis averaged 88 mph with his fastball last season, and it's been gradually trending downward since he returned to MLB in 2010. Having to build up arm strength is typical after any kind of arm surgery, especially when it comes with a 10-month layoff. That said, it's clear Lewis is not close to returning to the Texas rotation.
In addition to Lewis, their 2012 opening day starter, the Rangers also have starters Matt Harrison (back), Neftali Feliz (elbow) and Alexi Ogando (biceps) on the DL. Right-hander Josh Lindblom will make his first big league start on Monday night after opening his career with 101 relief appearances.