Colby Lewis is extremely vital to the Texas Rangers‘ success, but his current rehab from a torn flexor tendon in his throwing elbow absolutely cannot be rushed. On Wednesday, Lewis said he’s planning to be back on the mound early next month, which would put him on a schedule to return to action by the end of May. However, that should not be a set schedule; Lewis should continue to rehab at his own pace and the Rangers should be patient with him.
Lewis has already said he won’t rush it and he’ll “dial it back” if he starts to feel any sort of problem in his elbow. The good news for the Rangers is they can plug through the first half of the season without Lewis and ideally bring him back later on for the stretch run and the playoffs.
Unlike previous seasons, Texas is entering 2013 with a solid rotation, which hasn’t been finalized. Yu Darvish pitched like an ace for most of his rookie season and expectations will be extremely high for him this year; it’s safe to say he’s up for the challenge. Matt Harrison was an All-Star last year, proving he’s not a weak link for the Rangers. Alexi Ogando is healthy and will be a full-time starter this year. Things are still up in the air for Derek Holland, but he’ll be a surefire stater at the start of the season with pressure to live up to his new contract.
Texas has a few youngsters like Robbie Ross who are competing for the fifth spot in the rotation, at least until Lewis returns. The Rangers can and should give Lewis more than enough time to fully recover from his injury because the team needs the Lewis that recorded a 1.71 ERA in the 2010 postseason more than one that’s three times as high during the regular season on a throwing elbow that’s not completely healed. If Texas is smart, Lewis won’t return to action until June at the earliest, but we’ll have to wait and see what actually happens.