Coming off surgeries on his elbow and hip the past two years, the Rangers couldn’t have known for sure what the 34-year-old right-hander could give them.
The Rangers re-signed him to a minor league contract and issued a spring training invitation.
Lewis needed a little extra time at the start of the season but debuted in mid-April and hasn’t missed a turn.
Lewis is scheduled to make his 16th start of the season when the Rangers host the Los Angeles Angels in a 7:05 start tonight at Globe Life Park. On the Rangers' recent 1-6 road trip, Lewis accounted for the only victory with six strong innings against the New York Mets. He didn’t have any walks and limited New York to two earned runs on eight hits. The Rangers haven’t won since.
"It’s fastball command," Lewis said. "When you can locate your pitches, it makes the job a lot easier. When you’re not walking guys, you can give up a few hits."
In his career against the Angels, Lewis is 5-4 with a 4.23 ERA, a line that includes a 5-2 win in Anaheim, California, in May.
With so many young pitchers a part of the Rangers staff, Lewis' role is changing. He’s a guy the rookies can learn from.
"I talk to the guys and try to get them to relax," Lewis said. "We do have a lot of young guys."