HOUSTON — Colby Lewis didn’t throw a scheduled bullpen session, but did play catch Saturday as he is dealing with some soreness in his right triceps. Lewis isn’t concerned about it, but might not make his next scheduled start Tuesday with Triple A Round Rock in Tucson, Ariz.It’s expected to only set back Lewis a couple days as he is on the rehab road back to the Texas Rangers.“Not concerned, just arm getting back to throwing shape,” Lewis said in a text message.Said Jon Daniels: “Not too dissimilar from what we see with a lot of guys in spring training. My hope is that’s all this is. We’ll see.”Lewis, who is recovering from right flexor tendon surgery, reported feeling well after his first medical rehabilitation start on Thursday. He threw 41 pitches over two innings for Round Rock in Las Vegas.In other rehab news, left-hander Martin Perez (broken left wrist) made his second rehab start for Double A Frisco and struggled over his 57-pitch outing. He allowed eight runs on nine hits with two walks and one strikeout over 3 1/3 innings.Chirinos’ journey backRobinson Chirinos is back in the big leagues and will start Sunday , his first big-league start since Aug. 16, 2011.The 28-year-old catcher has had quite a journey in the 20 months between his big-league starts.Chirinos suffered a concussion off a foul tip in spring training prior to the 2012 season, and was expected to miss only a week or so. But he had complications from eye surgery and wound up missing the entire season.Chirinos was cleared to play this past spring training, and spent it with the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rangers then acquired him for a player to be named later on April 7 and called him up when A.J. Pierzynski landed on the disabled list Friday.“It’s a gift from God to be here,” Chirinos said. “I’m so happy and thankful for this great opportunity. There were hard moments, but from Day 1 I knew everything was going to be OK.”Chirinos started his career as an infielder with the Chicago Cubs but converted to catcher in 2009.Shutdown ’penA storyline throughout spring training was how the Rangers’ bullpen would fare with the losses of Mike Adams and Koji Uehara to free agency, and Alexi Ogando moving to the rotation.Those questions have been answered so far. Tanner Scheppers and Robbie Ross have stepped up and become reliable set-up relievers, and Joe Nathan has converted all 10 of his save opportunities.Scheppers, Ross and Nathan have combined for a 0.77 ERA over their 45 total appearances.“[Ross and Scheppers] have had to take on bigger roles, and you’ve got to give them credit for doing just that,” manager Ron Washington said. “I am impressed.”Ross was the winning pitcher Friday and is 7-0 in his major-league career. That’s the second most career victories of any pitcher in history without a loss.Briefly• If the pitching rotation holds, Yu Darvish is set to square off against Tigers ace Justin Verlander next Thursday at Rangers Ballpark. Ron Washington said Darvish has thrived in those situations. “The bigger the situation, the more he wants to be there because he feels like he’s that type of guy,” Washington said.• Sunday’s starter Nick Tepesch has posted an 8.44 ERA over his last two starts, and believes the struggles have been command issues. He has worked on it between starts, particularly with his sinker. “It seemed like it wasn’t where it had been those last two games, so that was the main focus between starts,” Tepesch said.
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