Monday, May 20, 2013
Reinforcement for Rangers rotation
By Jason Catania
With so many injuries befalling the Texas Rangers rotation this season, it's about time the unit gets some good news.
Already in 2013, the Rangers have lost Opening Day starter Matt Harrison, right-hander Alexi Ogando and rookie left-hander Martin Perez, who is now back and pitching in the minors.
On the plus side of the ledger, though, veteran righty Colby Lewis could be back with Texas in early June, writes Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News.
Lewis, who is recovering from surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow, threw a 40-pitch bullpen session on Friday and is scheduled to throw 50 to 60 pitches Monday at Triple-A. The 33-year-old said he may only need one additional outing before he's ready to be activated.
General manager Jon Daniels indicated recently that June 1 is the target return date for the veteran. Barring a setback, Lewis should come close to that.
Once both Lewis and Ogando are back to full strength, the Rangers will have to decide which current starters to move out of the five-man, with Josh Lindblom the likeliest candidate, followed by rookies Nick Tepesch and Justin Grimm.