Texas Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis had his first injury rehab start this past week.
The veteran threw 41 pitches in two innings for Triple-A affiliate Round Rock against Las Vegas. Lewis gave up 3 runs in his brief stint.
Lewis suffered a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow last season. He has thrown an extended spring training game earlier this season, but his Round Rock debut was his first game action since the surgery.
His fastball topped out at about 89 mph with an 87 mph average. That falls just a few miles per hour slower than his usual 91 mph.
Texas manager Ron Washington isn’t too concerned over the lost velocity stating that the velocity will come back with repetition.
Lewis did suffer a minor setback this weekend though.
He has complained of soreness in his right triceps which could cause him to miss his next scheduled start on Tuesday.
According the Rangers GM Jon Daniels, “It’s not too dissimilar from what we see with a lot of guys in spring training. My hope is that’s all this is. We’ll see.”
Lewis was scheduled to throw between 55-60 pitches for the Express on Tuesday.
The setback is likely to be caused by his throwing arm not being used to the repetition just yet. Hopefully he is able to throw a bullpen session this week and continue to strengthen that arm. A missed start could cause Lewis to push back his return to the Rangers to mid-June.