Assuming today's game against the Astros doesn't get rained out, Colby Lewis will be taking the mound tomorrow night against Seattle.
Lewis is returning to the Rangers after eighteen months of recovery following surgery on both his arm and his hip. It's been a process, but Lewis knows he is ready and is excited to make his return.
'There are no concerns' said Lewis. 'Emotionally I'm on a high. I'm excited to get back, I'm excited for another opportunity to play this game.'
With Lewis back in the rotation, the Rangers add an experienced arm to a starting rotation that consists largely of young, first-time starters. Though having Lewis the pitcher back should help the Rangers out considerably, Manager Ron Washington is equally excited, that Lewis the leader is back too.
'It means everything' said Washington. 'I don't mean this in a mean way, but he's the Grandfather of the pitching staff. He's a leader. It'll be nice to have him back competing and getting results. We know what's he's capable of doing. His presence has always been important around here, and with the young pitching staff, it'll be even more uplifting. For the kids to have him to talk to, he'll be able to give them wisdom and experience. Hopefully, it helps.'
Lewis' return brings the Rangers one man closer to having all of their starting pitchers back, as Matt Harrison should return soon and Derek Holland sometime the beginning of June. Though Lewis is the first long-term DL pitcher to make his return, there is nothing special about it for him.
'This is all we ever know, is playing sports' said Lewis. 'Multiple guys would be in here, coming back if they could. I just want to go out there and perform, put us in a spot to win, and have a good time doing it.'
It's been awhile since Rangers' fans have seen Lewis in the lineup, and you never know what to expect. But Washington thinks that what Lewis has been able to show us thus far in his comeback, is enough to put confidence in him tomorrow as he takes the mound.
'I'm very impressed' said Washington. 'Looked for issues in spring training, never happened. Looked for issues in his rehab starts, never happened. I'm surprised because I didn't know what to expect, but I'm also not surprised because he's Colby Lewis'.
Rangers fans will have to wait until tomorrow, or Tuesday depending on rain, to see the Colby Lewis of the future, return to the mound.