When pitchers and catchers officially begin spring training workouts Wednesday, Colby Lewis and Joakim Soria will be behind the others.
But not by that much.
Both veterans underwent surgery last year and will open the season on the disabled list, but both continue to progress without incident.
Soria reported no ill effects after throwing off a mound Monday for the first time since his Tommy John ligament-transplant surgery. Lewis played long-toss catch at 120 feet for the second time Tuesday and is hopeful of extending himself out farther.
“So far, so good,” said Soria, who will throw 15 pitches off a mound again Wednesday when camp starts.
Soria will have to get to about 40 to 50 pitches off a mound before he is ready to face hitters and essentially begin the workouts of the healthy pitchers in camp. Providing there are no setbacks, that could have him facing hitters in mid-March and perhaps ready for the major leagues by early May.
“No matter how good I feel, I think I’m going to stay with the schedule,” Soria said. “I don’t want to get ready, get back and then have something else happen.”
Soria underwent surgery on April 3, 2012, four months before Lewis’ surgery to repair a tear in his flexor tendon. Understandably, Soria is ahead of Lewis, but Lewis is moving fast.
He will meet with team orthopedist Dr. Keith Meister on Wednesday to get an update on his progress. Lewis indicated he was hopeful that he wouldn’t have to extend his long-toss program all the way to 180 or 200 feet before he gets on a mound.
He said he’s never thrown much long-toss in the past and could possibly be ready to throw off a mound once he’s stretched out to 150-160 feet. He’d then probably need until the end of spring training before facing hitters. Under that scenario, he could be ready by late May.
Rehabbing Texas Rangers pitchers Colby Lewis, Joakim Soria making steady progress
Dallas Morning News | Feb 13