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February 25, 2013

Colby Lewis progresses to half-mound; Lance Berkman to play Wednesday?

Colby Lewis downplayed his next step in his rehab from flexor tendon surgery in July, but he will take a meaningful step later this morning when he throws off a half-mound. Lewis remains on schedule for a late May return, but this is the first time he has thrown on anything but flat ground.

"I'm not going to rip on it like I normally would," Lewis said. "It's nothing big throwing up 6 inches. I don't think it's that bit of a jump."

Lance Berkman said that he was told he would make his Cactus League debut Wednesday, but the official word from the team is "later this week." The Wednesday timeframe could have been delayed by a day after Berkman's running session Sunday was postponed by cold weather until this morning. Either way, he continues to say that the inflammation in his right calf is not a big deal at all.

"This is really not a big deal at all," he said. "For a guy in my position, this is just general soreness you'd like to see abate before playing in a game."

UPDATE: Manager Ron Washington said that he was leaning toward Thursday or Friday for Berkman's first game, but said he's open to Wednesday if Berkman passes his running tests.

Adrian Beltre will also run the bases today.

Right-hander Kyle McClellan has been shut down for a few days because of continued shoulder soreness. The training staff does not believe it's related to the surgery he had in July to fix a ruptured shoulder capsule.

-- Jeff Wilson



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