Former North High and Bakersfield College pitching standout Colby Lewis was scheduled to throw live batting practice on Friday and will pitch one or two innings or 35-40 pitches in an extended spring training game Monday for the Texas Rangers' organization, according to the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram.
Monday's outing will be Lewis' first game action since he underwent flexor tendon surgery on his right elbow in July. The Rangers hope Lewis, a right-hander, will rejoin the starting rotation by the end of May.
"He's done a nice job of not pushing himself too hard and now he's getting into a higher rate of intensity," Keith Comstock, the Rangers' rehab pitching coordinator, told the Star-Telegram.
Lewis is 44-44 in his eight-year major league career. He was 6-6 with a 3.43 ERA before the injury ended his season.