The news for the Texas Rangers’ rotation only got worse early Wednesday evening when the club announced that they will be without right-hander Colby Lewis for at least two months.
The news piled onto an earlier announcement that Derek Holland was placed on the 15-day disabled list with left shoulder inflammation. A third member of the rotation, Yu Darvish, could be out until the All-Star break with tightness in his right shoulder.
Lewis left his start Tuesday after five innings with what was announced as cramping in his triceps muscle, which he described as tightness, but an MRI on Wednesday revealed a Grade 2 strain in his right lat muscle.
Lewis won’t throw for four weeks and have another MRI to determine if he can begin a throwing program. The process of rebuilding his arm strength could take another four weeks.
“These are kind of nagging soft tissue injuries that if you go too quick, they happen again,” general manager Jon Daniels said. “There’s really no accelerating this kind of injury. You have to give it time.”
The Rangers won’t need a starter until Tuesday at New York. The most likely candidates to take the spot are Kyle Lohse and Chi Chi Gonzalez. With Lohse needing a spot on the 40-man spot roster, Lewis could go to the 60-day disabled list if Lohse is the choice.
Daniels didn’t say if the Rangers would begin searching in earnest for a trade with Lewis and Holland joining Darvish on the sidelines.
Darvish played catch Wednesday and could throw a bullpen session Saturday, but he could be as many as 10 days away from making a rehab start.