They’ve been luckier than in recent years, keeping more of their players healthy and off of the disabled list, yet suddenly the injuries are hitting them hard once again. Quite a few players, especially pitchers, are now unavailable.
There’s been one pitcher without whom the Rangers would not be in the lofty position they’re in and, for the most part, he flies under the radar.
Thirty-six-year-old Colby Lewis has been the most successful member of the Rangers starting rotation in 2016, one that includes names like Cole Hamels and Martin Perez. Derek Holland and Yu Darvish also make up that group, but are both currently on the disabled list.
Tuesday, Lewis gave the Rangers a big scare, and Wednesday evening that scare became a nightmare. He suddenly and very unexpectedly had to leave his start early with tricep/elbow soreness, which is always a concerning sign for any pitcher.
Luckily when the Rangers got Lewis’ MRI results they didn’t indicate an injury to any tendons, but the results did show that Lewis has a strained lat muscle. Lewis will not be able to pitch for two months, according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram. So while the injury is not season-ending, it is a huge blow to the Rangers. In fact general manager Jon Daniels simply called it a”kick in the gut.”
Lewis was the Ranger’s rock. He was out-pitching his younger teammates such as Hamels and Perez. Now, just a week after he took a perfect game into the eighth inning and a no-hitter into the ninth against the Oakland A’s, everything has changed.
For more on Lewis’ career, medical history and how the Rangers may be able to keep their lead in the American League you can read the rest of my column on Today’s Knuckleball by following the link below:
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