As he continues the long road back from Tommy John surgery, Rangers starting pitcher Colby Lewis has been removed from his minor-league rehab assignment due to muscle soreness in the area of his elbow. The Rangers have immediately shut down Lewis from throwing for at least two weeks, they told reporters on Wednesday (via MLB.com blog network).
It now looks like sometime around the All-Star break is a realistic return date for Lewis, assuming he has no further setbacks.
This is the second setback in Lewis' rehab, as he was shut down with triceps inflammation a few weeks ago.
Lewis, 33, was 6-6 with a 3.43 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 93 strikeouts in 105 innings before his injury last season. He boasts are career 2.34 ERA in eight postseason starts.
The Rangers did get some good news in terms of injured starting pitchers on Wednesday, however. Alexi Ogando is slated to make a five-inning rehab start for Double-A Frisco on Friday night. If all goes well, Ogando will be ready to return to the big-league rotation.
Ogando is 4-2 with a 3.08 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 37 strikeouts in 49 2/3 innings this season. He has been out since May 15 with a triceps injury.