SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Colby Lewis has not made the Rangers yet. He is still competing with Robbie Ross, Tommy Hanson and Joe Saunders. But, coming off flexor tendon surgery in 2012 and hip replacement last year, Lewis has received lavish praise from general manager Jon Daniels.
"To me, Colby is the story of the camp," Daniels said. "It has gone better than I expected. Just knowing the surgery that he had, it's amazing. Stuff-wise he is where he was two years ago. Now it's about building himself up and honing his command. He is ahead of where we expected him to be. It's been pretty impressive."
Lewis will likely make his next start on Wednesday against the Mariners in Surprise and the Rangers are hoping to get him up to 75 pitches. If that goes well, the Rangers could pitch him once more in either a Minor League or simulated game before needing a fifth starter on April 8 against the Red Sox.
"We'll see," Lewis said. "We have to get through the next one first."
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