Rangers’ Lewis pitches five innings at Frisco, says he’s ready

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Texas Rangers starting pitcher Colby Lewis reiterated that he’s major league ready after giving himself a passing grade in his fourth, and presumably last, rehabilitation start with Double-A Frisco on Saturday.

Lewis threw 86 pitches, 59 for strikes, in five innings against the San Antonio Missions at Dr Pepper Ballpark.

The right-hander gave up two runs on six hits, including a home run — to Reymond Fuentes, the second of 22 hitters he faced. He also yielded a double and triple, walking one batter and striking out three.

“I felt like my stamina is getting better each time I go out,” Lewis said. “I definitely felt like I could have gone out for another [inning], that’s for sure.”

Lewis topped the radar gun at 90 mph, hitting that three times. His average fastball was 88 mph.

He struck out leadoff hitter Rico Noel and No. 3 hitter Tommy Medica with sliders in an 18-pitch first inning. A more efficient nine-pitch second inning was followed with 24 in the third.

“I felt like my misses were all in the same area,” Lewis said. “It wasn’t bad misses. When I did miss it was in the location I wanted it to be.

“Other than that I commanded the ball pretty well and threw some good changeups.”

Lewis appeared ahead of schedule in returning from surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow that sidelined him for most of the second half of last season.

Triceps tendinitis and muscle soreness, though, have twice interrupted previous rehabilitation stints.

Lewis said he has not been given any indication what the club’s plans are.

Three weeks ago, Lewis seemingly would have slid right into the rotation, but the lrotation of Yu Darvish, Derek Holland, Matt Garza, Alexi Ogando and Martin Perez has gone 2-3 with a 3.60 ERA over 10 starts in the last two turns.

“We’ve got five guys that are kind of locking it down,” Lewis said. “We’ll see what happens.”

Matt Harrison, another starter who has missed most of the season with a back injury, is slated to pitch three innings Sunday night for Frisco against the Missions.

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