Rangers notes: Colby Lewis’ rehab delayed at least two weeks

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The hope had been for Colby Lewis to return to the Texas Rangers’ rotation by early June, possibly late May, but now it likely won’t be until early July.

Lewis had another setback that will delay his rehab process by at least two weeks, as he came down with what the team described as “muscular soreness in the back of his right elbow.”

It’s not related to the flexor tendon surgery that ended his season last July, which is good news. However, it’s the second setback since being cleared to begin his medical rehabilitation as he had triceps tendinitis earlier this month.

“It’s frustrating, that’s for sure,” Lewis said. “I definitely want to be out there and contribute. I don’t want to sit around here like a lump on a log, that’s not my M.O. I always want to go out there and do whatever I can to help us win. I felt like I was definitely on the way coming out of Surprise, Ariz., I felt awesome. It’s slowly gotten worse.”

Lewis had no issues with it getting loose or the first few innings of his second rehab start Saturday for Triple A Round Rock, but his elbow had a “dull achiness” as the game progressed.

“I can’t go out there and think about my elbow hurting every time I’m trying to get outs,” said Lewis, who received a platelet rich plasma injection to try and quicken the healing process.

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said the team hopes that Lewis can resume his rehab in two weeks, and compared it to the typical ups and downs a pitcher recovering from an injury experiences during spring training.

Still, it’s another setback for an organization that hoped to have Lewis and reliever Joakim Soria as reinforcements in early June. Soria, who had a pectoral strain delay his recovery from Tommy John elbow surgery, is expected to throw a bullpen session on Saturday in Surprise and could join the team in late June or early July.

“That’s the nature of injuries; you can’t predict them 100 percent,” Daniels said. “You just hope it’s not something where it requires additional surgery, then you lose a guy possibly for a year. We’re fortunate we’ve avoided that.”

Rotation update

With Wednesday’s game being postponed because of unplayable conditions, the Rangers are pushing everyone in the rotation back a day and will leave Martin Perez at Triple A Round Rock.

Justin Grimm starts Thursday against the D’backs, and Derek Holland, Nick Tepesch and Yu Darvish are the scheduled starters for the three-game series against the Royals this weekend.

Perez was expected to start on Saturday when Alexi Ogando’s rotation spot came up again, but those plans have been derailed with the postponement.

“He’s just going to have to wait for another opportunity,” manager Ron Washington said.

That’s because Ogando should be ready to return when that rotation spot comes up again. Ogando is scheduled to make a medical rehabilitation start for Double A Frisco on Friday, his first since going on the disabled list with right biceps tendinitis on May 16. The plan is for Ogando to throw five innings and 75 pitches and, if all goes well, return to the Rangers.

“I feel very good right now,” said Ogando, who threw a 57-pitch bullpen Monday in Arizona and had another throwing session off a mound Wednesday.

Feliz feeling good

Neftali Feliz is about nine months removed from having Tommy John elbow surgery, and is feeling good about his progress at the Rangers’ complex in Surprise, Ariz.

Feliz has been going through the necessary drills and exercises, and took a significant step Tuesday when he threw off a “flat mound.” That is part of the rehab process the Rangers have instilled between transitioning from long toss to throwing bullpen sessions off a full mound.

“It just allows them to get used to the rubber again,” said Keith Comstock, the Rangers’ rehab pitching coordinator. “It lets them know they’re close to clearing another hurdle.”

The plan is for Feliz to throw his first regular bullpen session on June 10, and he could be ready as early as August.

“I’m feeling really good and my arm feels good,” Feliz said. “I’m doing my rehab and workouts, a lot of upper body.”

Drew Davison, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @drewdavison

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