OAKLAND -- Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis, who is in the final stages of recovering from flexor tendon surgery, has been diagnosed with a mild case of tendinitis in his right triceps muscle. Dr. Keith Meister, who examined Lewis on Monday in Arlington, said the issue was not related to the surgery.
Lewis was given an antiinflammatory injection and temporarily recalled from his 30-day medical rehabilitation assignment. The plan is for Lewis to have a throwing session this weekend in Arlington and then possibly make his next start early next week.
Lewis, who underwent surgery on July 27, had pitched in two extended spring training games before making his first rehab start for Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday. He threw 41 pitches over two innings, then was shut down on Saturday when he felt some soreness. The Rangers are hoping Lewis can throw four innings and 60-65 pitches in his next start.
Right-handed pitcher Kyle McClellan has taken another step in his rehab process. McClellan, who suffered a strained lat muscle in his right ribcage during Spring Training and has been working out in Arizona, made his first appearance in a game on Monday. He pitched one inning in an extended spring training game.
The Rangers are also preparing to put pitcher Martin Perez in the Round Rock rotation. They made room for him by sending pitcher Richard Bleier to Double-A Frisco on Monday. Perez, who is recovered from a broken arm, made two starts on rehab assignment for Frisco and was activated off the disabled list on Saturday. He is expected to be assigned to Round Rock and pitch on Thursday.
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