Colby Lewis discouraged after rehab start

FRISCO, Texas -- Colby Lewis sounded a little bit discouraged after Monday morning's rehab start in Frisco.

Lewis said he felt good, throwing 47 pitches for Double-A Frisco at Dr Pepper Ballpark, but he wasn't pleased with the results, particularly with the velocity with his fastball.

He topped out at 87 mph and was mostly around 85-86 mph, throwing his fastball almost exclusively. Lewis wants to get to 91 mph. Until then, expect frustration.

Lewis has at least two more rehab starts in the minors, the next one coming for Frisco in Tulsa or for Triple-A Round Rock in Memphis on Saturday or Sunday.

"I'm trying to get to where I can get big league hitters out," Lewis said. "In my mind, I don't think I can do that yet."

Lewis allowed two runs on four hits, all in the third inning, against the San Antonio Missions and threw 33 strikes. He had three strikeouts and no walks.

He allowed a long home run to A.J. Kirby-Jones, a rocket over the 409-foot sign in center field. After getting a ground ball for the first out, the Missions had three consecutive hits. Lewis came out of the game with one out.

Lewis was pleased with his location, but said he needs to generate more power.

"I definitely need more reps," Lewis said. "I definitely need to get my arm strengthen up. Throwing 85 or 86 isn't going to cut it."

He got a visit from the RoughRiders team trainer in the long third inning, but he said that was only to check on how his body felt. So how does he feel?

"I feel like I'm coming back from rehab," Lewis said. "I feel like I'm kind of on a roller coaster. It feels good one day and feels bad the next. I just have to keep grinding and move on to the next start."

Lewis tried to throw a curveball, but it slipped out of his hand and bounced 10 feet in front of the mound.

"Not Top 10 on SportsCenter," said rehabbing catcher A.J. Pierzynski, passing by in the clubhouse.

It was a lighthearted moment for sure, but for Lewis this is all business. This is about getting back to help the Rangers win the division, and maybe more.