ANAHEIM -- Injured pitchers Colby Lewis and Martin Perez are getting close to pitching in games, which would be their next step toward becoming viable options at the Major League level.
Lewis, who underwent surgery on July 27 to repair a torn flexor tendon, is expected to throw two more live batting practice sessions this week in Surprise, Ariz. If that goes well, he could pitch one inning in an extended spring game next week.
Lewis would likely pitch two games at extended spring workouts before being officially sent on a 30-day medical rehabilitation assignment in the Minors. Between extended spring and a rehab assignment, Lewis would likely need five or six outings to build up enough arm strength and endurance to become an option for the Major League rotation. So the Rangers are likely looking at around June 1, if not sooner.
"I think everybody wants Colby back," general manager Jon Daniels said. "We're going to make sure we do it right and make sure he's 100 percent. We're not taking any risks, but we're not delaying it either."
Perez, who suffered a broken left arm in a Cactus League game on March 4, will probably throw live batting practice Tuesday and then be ready for an extended spring game. Because Perez is not dealing with an elbow or shoulder issue, he could be ready before Lewis.
Perez also has options. So unless there is a need at the Major League level, he will likely continue pitching at Triple-A Round Rock even after he is at full strength.
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