There's not much to be learned when looking exclusively at the stat line of a pitcher who just completed a minor league rehab start. Of course, people do it, so we're going to cover it, but without context, it doesn't mean much. Colby Lewis is an example. Yesterday, Lewis had a rough rehab start yesterday - his first as part of his assignment before returning to the Texas Rangers' active roster.
As we covered yesterday, Lewis was scheduled to throw 45 pitches in the start. He started last night for the Round Rock Express and pitched two innings. However, in those two innings of work, Lewis allowed three runs on four hits and two walks. He gave up a home run in the game as well. But once again, a two-inning, minor league rehab start without context does not mean much.
What should be taken from this game is the fact that Lewis was able to achieve his pitch goal without any pain or setbacks. He hasn't pitched since last July, so of course he'll be rusty. The key is recovery. Lewis showed last night he's on the right path. He will continue to make rehab starts until the Rangers activate him from the disabled list.
Lewis signed a one-year contract extension this offseason. The injury potentially cost him the chance at signing a long-term deal, but at least the one-year contract will allow him to pitch this season. The Rangers will be able to evaluate him and see if they will sign him to another contract, or if they don't, Lewis will at least have some work to refer to in his hunt for a free agent deal after the season.
In his career, Lewis is 44-44 with a 4.76 ERA. His numbers may not be indicative of the type of pitcher a team wants to sign long-term, but he has spent almost his entire career pitching in the bandbox that is the Ballpark at Arlington. Lewis' road ERA is slightly lower at 4.64.
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