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Lewis leads pack of pitchers on the mend


SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Colby Lewis, who was the Rangers' Opening Day starter in 2012, is one of eight pitchers in camp who are in various stages of recovery from surgery.

The details:

• Lewis, who had surgery on his right flexor tendon on July 27, is throwing on flat ground up to a distance of 120 feet. He will meet with Dr. Keith Meister on Wednesday to determine his next steps and when he might be able to throw off a mound. But he has had no issues or setbacks and June 1 remains a tentative target date.

"No pain, I feel great," Lewis said. "There has never been a day where I woke up and couldn't get loose. I'm telling them exactly how I feel. I'm not lying, it feels great."

• Joakim Soria, who had Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery on April 3 while with the Royals, threw off a mound for the first time on Monday without a problem. He threw 15 pitches, all fastballs. He hopes to be back in May.

• Justin Miller, who also had Tommy John surgery in April, threw off a mound for the first time on Tuesday. The Rangers relief prospect is on the same schedule as Soria.

• Neftali Feliz is throwing on flat ground at a distance of 60 feet. He had Tommy John surgery on Aug. 1 and likely won't be back until the last month or two of the season.

• Roman Mendez, who had a stress fracture in his right elbow surgically repaired in November, is still throwing long toss and won't return to a mound until March 1.

• Matt West had Tommy John surgery in August and is throwing off flat ground.

• Randy Wells (elbow surgery July 25) and Kyle McClellan (shoulder surgery July 10) are at full speed with the rest of the pitchers.

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