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Rangers | Colby Lewis makes rehab start

Texas Rangers SP Colby Lewis (elbow) topped out at only 89 mph with his fastball during his rehab start with Triple-A Round Rock Thursday, May 9, which is a bit below his average velocity last year at 90-91 mph. Lewis threw two innings (41 pitches) and gave up three runs while striking out two and walking two. He is expected to pitch again for Round Rock Tuesday, May 14, and his goal is to throw 55-60 pitches or four innings. "If he continues to spot the ball the way he's capable of spotting it, the velocity will pick up," manager Ron Washington said. "He'll get outs the way he usually gets outs. The more he goes out there the velocity will go up. We're not looking at 94-95 mph."

Fantasy Tip: This is just the beginning of Lewis' minor league rehab assignment, so he needs more time to build up his arm strength to a peak level. Don't be too alarmed by the diminished velocity and poor results. He's not a bad option to stash if you have the room in deep mixed leagues.

2013-05-10 16:26:41 | Source: ESPNDallas.com - Todd Wills

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