DETROIT -- Right-hander Colby Lewis threw 46 pitches of batting practice on Saturday at Comerica Park, and the next step is a return to the Minor Leagues for a rehab assignment.
"It was a lot better today, that's for sure," Lewis said. "I had a lot better carry on my fastball, and when that happens, my other pitches have good bite. My curveball had real good bite."
The Rangers are planning to send Lewis to Double-A Frisco on Wednesday. It will be the third time he has been sent on assignment, but the previous two times, he was shut down because of some inflammation in his elbow and triceps. Lewis, who underwent surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon on July 27 of last year, hasn't pitched since May 25, for Triple-A Round Rock.
"I just need to go out and get it right before I can come back and be a part of this team," he said. "Ultimately, that's what I want to do, but I don't know if I'll be much help if I don't get right."
The Rangers already have Alexi Ogando on a rehab assignment. Ogando, who is on the disabled list with inflammation in his right shoulder, is scheduled to make his third start on Thursday for Round Rock and throw 95 pitches. If that goes well, he could be activated on July 23 and pitch against the Yankees at the Ballpark in Arlington.
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