The Texas Rangers opened the 2014 MLB season with a three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Rangers three starters were Tanner Scheppers, Martin Perez and Robbie Ross. With most of the Rangers pitching stars injured, the Dallas Morning News reported on April 1 that Colby Lewis is trying to prove he is ready to return.
Colby Lewis threw an exhibition game for Double-A Frisco against Triple-A Round Rock. Forget the fact that it is s Triple-A team against a Double-A team, Lewis is trying to prove that he belongs in the majors and did nothing in this game to make the Rangers feel secure.
Lewis threw 92 pitches, which was a good sign, but gave up 10 hits and five runs against Triple-A hitters. The pitch count proves that he can still handle the workload of a major league game but those 10 hits are a cause for alarm. He also struck out five batters.
Lewis did not play in 2013 and underwent right hip resurfacing surgery, which is an alternative to hip replacement surgery. His lifetime ERA is a slightly high 4.76 and he has only had two winning seasons in his eight major league seasons. However, Texas fans remember him as a postseason star from 2010 where he went 3-0 with a 1.71 ERA in his four starts.
Texas now has to make a decision on whether they will bring him back up to the majors or let him go. They have until April 10 to call him up or he can leave via free agency. The choices are to give him one more minor league start or call him up immediately and put him in the Texas Rangers rotation.