Spring Training Preview: Starting Rotation (Ranked)
By David Cash
July 18, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Colby Lewis (48) pitches during the second inning against the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports
Colby Lewis spent the entire year on the disabled list. He was set to return to the Rangers after a rehab assignment with the Frisco Rough Riders and Round Rock Express (AAA) after his surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow. But just a few starts he was having issues with his triceps and in August he had right hip resurfacing surgery.
Recently, Lewis has said he’s felt as good has he’s ever felt. He has been pitching some off a mound and Ron Washington said he’s looking good. But that doesn’t mean he’ll be starting for the Texas Rangers anytime soon. He’ll be with the Texas Rangers during spring training, but he’ll spend the rest of the time in the minors.
Washington hopes that he’ll be able to bounce back well in the minors and return to the Texas Rangers. If Colby Lewis feels as well as he says he does, that is totally possible. When Lewis is in form, he’s very effective and one of the best pitchers the Rangers have.
Before his injury Lewis was throwing his fast ball 89-90 MPH and also used a cut fastball, slider, curve and a change up. When he was working his rehab assignments, his fastball only came in the mid 80’s, something Lewis wasn’t satisfied with.
In 2012 Colby Lewis had a record of 6-6, an ERA of 3.43 and a WHIP of 1.076.