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April 29, 2013

Colby Lewis has successful start in extended spring game

Colby Lewis made his first start in more than nine months Monday, as he pitched one inning in an extended spring training game in Arizona. 

All reports afterwards were positive, Texas Rangers rehab pitching coordinator Keith Comstock said. Lewis threw 17 pitches, topping out at 89 mph with a nice mix of secondary pitches.

Comstock joked that Lewis gave up two “extended” hits, which means they likely would have been outs in the big leagues.

“I was really surprised and encouraged by what he did today,” Comstock said. “We always anticipate a little wildness, but he didn’t have it. He was really happy with how his arm felt, and that is really all that matters.”

Lewis, who is rehabbing from surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow, is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Wednesday and then make another extended spring start going two innings on Saturday.

If all goes well, Lewis could begin a rehab assignment after that.

-- Drew Davison

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