Rangers notes: Colby Lewis on target for early June return to rotation

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Right-hander Colby Lewis expects to start a new medical rehabilitation assignment Monday and could be ready to join the Texas Rangers’ rotation during the first week of June.

Lewis was pulled from his first rehab stint Saturday with a minor bout of triceps tendinitis but was back playing catch Thursday at Rangers Ballpark. He will throw a bullpen session today and start Monday morning for Double A Frisco, assuming he has no lingering soreness.

If all were to go well Monday, Lewis said he would need two more starts before he would be ready for a big-league game. If he continues to pitch every fifth day, he could be available for the Rangers on June 4.

The triceps issue is something Lewis has dealt with in the past and is of little concern, and he is encouraged by not having any setbacks with the repaired flexor tendon that has had him out since July.

“It’s just the ups and downs of coming back — one thing feels good and then something else comes up,” Lewis said. “Everything else feels great. The repair feels awesome. If there was anything I was feeling with that, I’d be concerned.”

Albuquerque stop

The severe weather Wednesday night in Dallas-Fort Worth forced the Rangers’ charter plane to divert to Albuquerque for about 90 minutes, and it didn’t touch down at Love Field until 1:30 Thursday morning.

The players were allowed to leave the plane and roam the terminal at Albuquerque International Sunport, and the extra time gave them a chance to collect fines for the kangaroo court.

They even handed out fines to a few players who mistakenly thought the team had landed in Dallas and went so far as to call their significant others to tell them the plane had arrived.

“There were a couple people who had their headphones on and were paying attention to Swamp People or something else and had no clue,” second baseman Ian Kinsler said. “It would have been nice to be home at 11, but we’d rather be safe than try to land in the weather that was going on here.”

Harrison makes return

Opening Day starter Matt Harrison has been cleared to drive again after having two operations to fix a herniated disk, so he stopped by Rangers Ballpark for the first time since going under the knife.

Harrison started the initial steps of his rehab May 9 after the inflammation in his back following the second procedure May 1.

He continued to experience pain in his legs but was assured by Dr. Drew Dossett that it was the result of having two back operations in two weeks. The pain subsided last week.

“I’m at least feeling like normal,” he said. “I’m glad to be out of the house.”

Harrison might not return to the rotation until August.

Won’t be fooled again

The Rangers opened their seven-game homestand Thursday with a 26-14 record and a seven-game lead in the American League West over Oakland and Seattle.

Anaheim, the preseason darlings, were 11 games back.

But manager Ron Washington remembers how far back Oakland was last season before charging back to pass the Rangers for the division title in Game 162. Needless to say, he isn’t making much of the cozy margin after 40 games.

“Right now you don’t need to be looking at the standings,” Washington said. “You’re happy where you are, but you never know what’s going to happen.”

Jeff Wilson, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @JeffWilson

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