Colby Lewis will make his first start since June 21 on Sunday at Anaheim, coming off the 60-day disabled list to start the finale of a three-game series against the Angels.
Yu Darvish and Cole Hamels will remain on normal rest and continue pitching back-to-back despite coming off of shaky starts Sunday and Monday that had some speculation that both might need extra rest.
Manager Jeff Banister decided on the order shortly before the Rangers’ game Wednesday against the Seattle Mariners after checking to see how Lewis felt after throwing on flat ground.
Banister, though, nixed the idea of the Rangers going to a straight six-man rotation the rest of the season. The three remaining off days put a crimp into the plan, but so does the desire to keep Darvish and Hamels on normal rest and to get Lewis as many starts as possible to gauge if he can be a part of the postseason rotation.
We need to get Colby going, get him into rhythm and get him lengthened out as much as we can.”
manager Jeff Banister
Lewis was an candidate for the American League All-Star team when he hit the disabled list with a strained right lat muscle in late June, and the hope is he can find that form again.
“Colby we need to get on turn to get him going,” Banister said. “We need to get Colby going, get him into rhythm and get him lengthened out as much as we can.”
Martin Perez, A.J. Griffin and Derek Holland will have extra days built into their schedule the rest of the season. Banister said that numbers indicate that each pitcher is at his best with an extra day or two.
Holland is scheduled to start Thursday and is to the point where pitch count is not a concern. He has gone six innings in his first three starts off the disabled list and threw 108 pitches Saturday against Houston.
A mechanical tweak to help protect his shoulder, which he has injured the past two seasons, has had the added benefit of creating more movement to his pitches. He had five strikeouts in each of his first two starts off the DL.
“I just want to make sure to continue to improve each time out there,” Holland said. “I’ve had three fairly good starts. I’ve got to keep going forward with that.”
Right fielder Shin-Soo Choo, as scheduled, threw for the first time since having surgery on his broken left forearm last month.
Choo will continue to throw every other day for a period before being allowed to throw without any restraints.
It feels good. The first five or seven throws I was a little bit scared and worried about it, but after that it was like normal.”
“It feels good,” he said. “The first five or seven throws I was a little bit scared and worried about it, but after that it was like normal.”
Choo is expected to swing a bat Thursday for the first time since Ross Detwiler plunked him in a game Aug. 15 at Globe Life Park. Choo will take dry swings with a fungo bat.
The Rangers are no longer surprised when Adrian Beltre makes an extraordinary play at third base, but they were wowed nonetheless with the stop he made Tuesday in the eighth inning.
Nelson Cruz was batting with one out as the potential trying run when he sent a one-hop smash toward left field. Beltre, though, stabbed it, regained his balance and threw to second base for a forceout.
The ball had an exit velocity of 115 mph.
“That was a rocket,” shortstop Elvis Andrus said. “But you get used to it. It’s like a routine play for him. At that moment, the game was on the line right there.”
Beltre, a four-time Gold Glove winner, either leads the majors or is among the leaders in many defensive metrics this season.