Colby Lewis threw five scoreless innings, scattering four hits with three strikeouts and one walk over a 72-pitch outing on Wednesday afternoon.
Lewis looked like his old self in the Rangers’ 5-3 victory over the Mariners and it seemed to be another positive step on his road back to the big leagues. But Lewis doesn’t appear to be too pleased with his current situation.
The club wants him to reach the 100-pitch mark before he rejoins the rotation and has said that he will not be on the Opening Day roster, although he will take part in the festivities Monday.
Asked what he felt about his situation, Lewis replied: “You guys can write what you want to write. I’m not really in the mood to be talking.”
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Before that, Lewis gave short answers on his outing.
If he felt close to being back, Lewis only said: “I’m healthy. That’s all I got.”
Lewis is in camp on a split contract and has an opt-out clause in it on April 10, but it’s doubtful he would use it. For now, it appears to simply be the disappointment of not making the big league team with his next scheduled start in an exhibition game between Double A Frisco and Triple A Round Rock on Tuesday. He is expected to reach 90-something pitches and then could be deemed ready to join the big league team.
“We’ve got to get him up to 100,” manager Ron Washington said. “Everything else looks good. Just have to get his stamina where it’s supposed to be.”
Lewis finished spring with an 8.00 ERA over four Cactus League starts. Over his last two outings, which included 4 2/3 innings in a minor league game, he combined to allow one run over 9 2/3 innings.
Lewis didn’t pitch in the majors last season as he rehabbed from flexor tendon surgery in his right elbow and then had hip resurfacing surgery.
Outside of Lewis, the Rangers got scoreless innings of relief from Neal Cotts, Alexi Ogando and Joakim Soria. Daniel McCutchen gave up three runs on five hits, including a two-run homer by Justin Smoak. Kevin Kouzmanoff put the Rangers ahead with a three-run homer in the sixth.
The Rangers finished Cactus League play with three consecutive wins, something that Washington hopes carries into the regular season.
“We just want to start playing baseball at the right time and hopefully we’re starting to do it at the right time,” Washington said.