Colby Lewis allowed five runs on six hits and record only two outs before the first inning of Friday's intrasquad game was halted because he hit his pitch limit. Nelson Cruz had the big blast, a two-run homer that clanged off some storage sheds about 430 feet from home plate, and Julio Borbon had a two-run bloop double after Chris Davis had roped an RBI single.
Lewis, though, said he felt fine but just needs to make better pitches. He also said that his teammates know that he's going to try to throw strikes early, and they took advantage of their local knowledge.
"I felt really good today," Lewis said. "This is what spring training is about, getting your stuff refined and getting it worked out."
Neftali Feliz threw the day's best pitch, a knee-buckling slider to strike out Mike Napoli looking. The pitch was very similar to the slider the Feliz slider that froze Alex Rodriguez for the final out of the American League Championship Series. "That was a darn good pitch," manager Ron Washington said.
Cactus League games begin Sunday with C.J. Wilson starting the opener against Kansas City. Lewis will start Monday and Matt Harrison will start Tuesday. Harrison is likely starting in the spot originally designated for Brandon Webb, who continues to build arm strength in a long-toss program. Washington said that Webb could throw a bullpen Sunday if all goes well with a light throwing day Saturday. Webb threw a bullpen Feb. 17 but has been long-tossing since.
Adrian Beltre, the Rangers' key off-season addition, won't make his Cactus League debut for up to two weeks with a Grade 1 strain of his right calf. The third baseman was originally injured before spring training while running on a treadmill at his home and said he felt similar discomfort Thursday while fielding grounders.
Assistant GM Thad Levine said that Beltre had an MRI on Thursday, and the results showed no tear or bleeding in the affected area. Levine said the approach with Beltre is more cautious than normal. Beltre will be limited through the weekend and will test the calf after three or four more days.
He said he can continue to hit, but won't take any grounders or do anything that could put a significant strain on the calf.
"Nobody wants to be hurt, especially in spring training," Beltre said. "When it first happened, it didn't seem like it was anything serious."