Colby Lewis has been on the disabled list since he underwent surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon in his pitching arm late last July. He will be starting for triple-A Round Rock when they play Las Vegas on Thursday. The right-hander did make a couple of appearances through extended spring workouts, but this will be the first time he pitches in a real game since the surgery.
Lewis is scheduled to throw three innings and around 45 total pitches. This start will begin the clock for Lewis’s 30 day rehab assignment before returning to the Texas Rangers. This means Lewis will be coming up around June 8.
Now, what does this mean for the Rangers rotation? They have five good starters, a couple of whom are not pitching too well right now.
There is no way the Rangers can take Justin Grimm or Nick Tepesch out of the rotation. These two rookies have pitched very well so far in this season, and there is no reason to believe that Lewis will be better.
But, the Rangers may have cause to take Derek Holland or Alexi Ogando out of their current roles. I believe the Rangers want to give Ogando more of a chance though instead of keeping him switching between the rotation and the bullpen.
Holland has been one of the most consistent starters for the Rangers this year though. It would be tough to justify taking him out if he can keep up the pace from his last couple of starts. Realistically, the Rangers have the most reason to take either Ogando or Tepesch out of the rotation, but it is going to be a hard decision to make.
Who knows, maybe they won’t want to just thrust Lewis back into the rotation, and he will end up pitching out of the bullpen.