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Colby Lewis not 'pushing shopping carts'

2/18/2014

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Texas Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux saw Colby Lewis throw three pitches Monday. But it was Lewis' motion that got him excited.

"I saw Colby get on his back side," Maddux said. "I've never seen Colby get on his back side. That was enlightening."

By "back side," Maddux means that Lewis is driving down the mound rather than pushing down it. As Maddux described it: "coming down the hill with force."

"If you're going to push a car that's out of gas, Colby was more like pushing a shopping cart," Maddux said. "That's how he pitched. He couldn't really get down. It was good to see him get down and drive off his back side. He hadn't been able to do it."

One day after his first live batting practice session, Lewis was pleased with the results. He said his hip felt good and that there wasn't any odd soreness. He's slated to pitch again Wednesday and will continue with the same schedule as everyone else. The one difference is he won't do much PFP (pitcher's fielding practice) just to be sure he's not putting any extra stress on that hip.

Other notes:

* Manager Ron Washington worked with Jurickson Profar before workouts Tuesday and said he did everything around second base but throw. Washington isn't worried about Profar's shoulder tendinitis at this point and said he's working on his footwork.

"As long as he can do all that other stuff, we’ll wait on his throwing," Washington said. "It’s only his second day in spring."

* Among the hitters already in camp ahead of Thursday's full squad workout are DH Mitch Moreland and LF Shin-Soo Choo. Both have lockers beside each other.