Colby Lewis to begin minor league rehab assignment

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Colby Lewis has been cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment, which is a big step in the Rangers right-hander’s recovery from July surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon.

Lewis, who re-signed with the Rangers on a one-year, $2 million deal, is scheduled to throw around 45 pitches or three innings at Triple-A tonight.

T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com writes that Lewis will probably make at least four rehab starts, building up his arm strength and pitch count while the 30-day clock ticks on his assignment. Lewis’ initial timetable was sometime around June, so he’s right on track.

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.