Colby Lewis made his first start in what was supposed to be a one-month rehab assignment on Thursday and looked fine in the two innings he pitched for the Texas Rangers‘ Triple-A affiliate Round Rock, throwing 41 pitches over the two innings, with another 12 in the bullpen afterwards. He was scheduled to throw around 60-65 in his next scheduled start, but has developed some arm soreness since.
Lewis had a scheduled bullpen session on Saturday, but had to miss it due to the soreness. He did still play catch though, which is promising. His next scheduled start is on Tuesday, but the Rangers have said that it is likely that will be pushed back for a few days.
Many leaders in the Rangers organization are continuing to be very hopeful for Lewis, noting that this type of pain is seen in a lot of pitchers during spring training and early in the season. It may just be because Lewis hasn’t thrown in quite a few months and it is a very normal occurrence for pitchers to experience this type of arm pain.
It seems very likely that this will not cause any real setback to Lewis rehab, but it may extend him a few days past when he was expected to be back. But, at this point, the Rangers can only hope that this is not a sign that Lewis will have more issues causing him to be set back in the remainder of the season.