Colby Lewis adjusting to longer stride

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Colby Lewis’ new hip means he now has a new stride. And that means he must figure out some new mechanics.

The veteran knows that’s going to take time, which is why he was disappointed, but not disheartened by a short outing Monday. Lewis couldn’t make it through his lone inning of work, walking two batters and giving up two runs on two hits.

Lewis’ command was off, which didn’t surprise him.

“I knew it was going to be a little bit of an issue, even in the bullpen sessions, that my stride is so much longer having so much more range in my right hip,” Lewis said. “I’m just going to have to have more reps to find a release point.”

Lewis’ velocity was 87 to 89 mph, just like it was last week in his lone inning in the intrasquad game. And he was pleased with his slider, which he said had some “bite.” He got his lone strikeout with the pitch, getting Mike Aviles to swing and miss. But Lewis said he was getting more left-to-right movement rather than up and down on too many pitches.

“Everything feels good, the ball feels great out of my hand, but at the other end it’s the inconsistencies,” Lewis said. “I‘ll hit it good and the next time, it’s off by six or eight inches or a foot. I need to get that delivery a little more repeatable. That’s what makes good pitchers. They can repeat.”

Lewis said he may look at video to see what exactly he’s doing, though he admits he’s always been more of a feel pitcher.

“It’s just one of those things that I felt like more reps that I get, the better it’s going to be,” Lewis said.