Colby Lewis began the road back to the Texas Rangers by making his first start in more than nine months Monday.Lewis reported no issues after throwing 17 pitches over an inning in an extended spring game in Arizona, his first game action since undergoing surgery to repair a flexor tendon in his right elbow in July.“It went great,” Lewis said. “I was excited and a little nervous about how my arm would feel in a game but was definitely more excited after it was over. There was no pain; arm felt really free. Command was so-so.”Lewis is scheduled for a bullpen session Wednesday and then a two-inning extended spring game Saturday. If all goes well, Lewis could begin a rehab assignment after that. Lewis and the Rangers have targeted late May or early June as a realistic timetable for his return to the big leagues.Lewis topped out at 89 mph with a nice mix of secondary pitches, rehab pitching coordinator Keith Comstock said.“I was really surprised and encouraged by what he did today,” Comstock said.Comstock joked that Lewis gave up two “extended” hits, which means they likely would have been outs in the big leagues.In other injury news, left-hander Martin Perez threw two innings in an extended spring game Saturday and is scheduled for a three-inning outing Wednesday. Comstock said Perez topped out at 96 mph, a positive sign for the 22-year-old recovering from a broken left wrist.“Martin was right where he left off,” Comstock said. “He’s still trying to polish up his secondary stuff, but he’s got plenty of time to do that.”Ballpark campoutThe Rangers and Fox Sports Southwest are hosting a fan sleepover on May 11 at Rangers Ballpark with live coverage of the Rangers-Astros game followed by a showing of The Sandlot.The event runs from 6 p.m. Saturday until 7 a.m. Sunday, and will feature The Sandlot filmmaker David Mickey Evans and members from the cast, including Chauncey Leopardi, who played Michael ‘Squint’ Palledorous, and Patrick Renna, who played Hamilton ‘Ham’ Porter.Tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for children, and can be purchased at texasrangers.com/sleepover.
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