T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the Rangers have pulled Colby Lewis from his minor league rehab assignment due to inflammation in his right triceps muscle. Lewis, who is currently working his way back from flexor tendon surgery, was unable to throw his scheduled bullpen session on Saturday following his first rehab start with Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday.
The good news is that it doesn’t appear to be a significant setback, as Lewis will likely resume throwing this weekend and could return to game action early next week. Still, he probably won’t be a realistic consideration for the rotation until the early part of June.
While the Rangers are waiting on Lewis and Matt Harrison at the moment, their rotation currently ranks fourth in the majors with a 3.34 ERA.
Pirates infielder Gift Ngoepe, just called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, singled in his first major league at-bat on Wednesday evening against Cubs starter Jon Lester. It was a well-struck ground ball up the middle in the bottom of the fourth inning. Unfortunately for him, the Pirates could not bring him around to score.
Ngoepe, who was pinch-hitting, stayed in the game to play second base.
Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday due to inflammation in his right elbow. He had a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday and is currently awaiting a third opinion from Dr. James Andrews, Craig Grialou of Arizona Sports reports. That he’s getting a third opinion seems to imply that Miller’s elbow issue is rather serious.
Miller, 26, hasn’t been able to catch a break since joining the Diamondbacks. Last year’s nightmarish season included a finger injury stemming from mechanical woes and a brief demotion to the minor leagues. In 20 starts in the majors last year, Miller posted an ugly 6.15 ERA. This year, his ERA is a mediocre 4.09 over four starts.
The Diamondbacks called up Zack Godley to take Miller’s spot in the rotation. There was some speculation that it would be Archie Bradley instead, but he’s been working out of the bullpen.