Friday, Apr 26 2013 11:26 PM

North grad Lewis taking next steps in rehabilitation


Former North High and Bakersfield College pitching standout Colby Lewis was scheduled to throw live batting practice on Friday and will pitch one or two innings or 35-40 pitches in an extended spring training game Monday for the Texas Rangers' organization, according to the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram.

Monday's outing will be Lewis' first game action since he underwent flexor tendon surgery on his right elbow in July. The Rangers hope Lewis, a right-hander, will rejoin the starting rotation by the end of May.

"He's done a nice job of not pushing himself too hard and now he's getting into a higher rate of intensity," Keith Comstock, the Rangers' rehab pitching coordinator, told the Star-Telegram.

Lewis is 44-44 in his eight-year major league career. He was 6-6 with a 3.43 ERA before the injury ended his season.

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