Colby Lewis says he will be back

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Colby Lewis will be back. He said so Sunday.

Lewis threw close to 40 pitches Sunday in another bullpen session as he increases his repetitions and starts to ramp things up. Lewis, who had right flexor pronator surgery a year ago on July 27, said Sunday he expects to pitch again for the Rangers this season.

"Absolutely, 100 percent," Lewis said after throwing Sunday. "The last two bullpens have assured me of that."

Lewis said how many rehab starts he'll need will be based on how his live bullpen sessions go. He's hoping to push things a little longer in his first outing this time and maybe throw three or four innings in his first rehab start.

Lewis had three rehab starts in May before he was shut down and received a shot for tendinitis in his elbow. He wasn't happy then, thinking he would be back sooner, but doctors told him it would be a 10- to 12-month recovery.

Lewis was one of the Rangers' go-to starters during their American League championship runs in 2010 and '11. He hasn't started a game for Texas since June 23, 2012 against Colorado.