Lewis is scheduled to start Sunday for Triple-A Round Rock against Oklahoma City. If you do the math, it means that April 11 is the first day Lewis could join the rotation, provided things go well Sunday.
Lewis gave up five runs in 5 2/3 innings in a minor league exhibition game Tuesday. He threw 92 pitches and there were no reports of any physical issues.
Lewis' contract includes an out clause that would allow him to ask for his release if he's not on the major-league roster by April 10. Sunday will give the 34-year-old veteran and the Rangers a better idea of whether he's ready to rejoin the rotation, which could make the decision easier.
Lewis had hip resurfacing last year and surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon in 2012. He was not able to pitch in the big leagues in 2013 but has been rehabbing slowly and hasn't had any setbacks this spring with his hip. He is having to make some adjustments with his mechanics because the hip surgery has given him more freedom of motion and, consequently, a longer stride.