Rangers starter Colby Lewis had a miserable season, leading the league with 14 losses while posting a 5.18 ERA and a 133/48 K/BB ratio in 170 1/3 innings across 29 starts. Nevertheless, Rangers GM Jon Daniels has made re-signing the right-hander a top priority, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports.
The Rangers have been busy in recent times interviewing managerial candidates, eventually settling on Jeff Banister. Daniels said about negotiating with Lewis and his agent Alan Nero, “We haven’t been able to spend much time on that. We can get back to that now.”
Lewis, 35, missed significant time in both 2012 and ’13 with a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow. His fastball averaged under 89 MPH during this past season.
Indians starter Carlos Carrasco was diagnosed with leukemia earlier this summer. He’d been out since June. Despite that diagnosis, he and the Indians insisted that he would make every effort to come back this year. Yesterday he took a big step in that direction, making his first rehab appearance at Double-A Akron.
He only tossed one inning, walking one batter and striking out another. He thew 16 pitches but cranked it up to 97 with his first offering. Not too shabby.
It’s unclear what the timetable is for him returning to Cleveland. If they intend to use him as a starter again he’ll obviously need several more appearances to get stretched out. If he’s to be used as a reliever, fewer obviously. What his stamina level is and will be is also an open question.
However that gets sorted out, it’s good so have him back in action.