The Texas Rangers are just a few weeks away from opening up spring training in Surprise, Ariz.
Luckily for the club, most of its roster is filled with healthy players getting ready for the day-to-day grind. However, there are a few players who will not be joining the Rangers. There are some who will have a tougher time getting back into the groove because of injuries.
Derek Holland will obviously be one of those guys who won’t be in Surprise. He is recovering from knee surgery and won’t be available until around the All-Star break.
Here are injury updates on a couple of other players looking to make a comeback in 2014.
Matt Harrison made just two starts last season before it was cut short due to two back surgeries on a herniated disk.
The 28-year-old has been throwing for quite some time now. He is expected to be ready to go by the time spring training rolls around. The Dallas Morning News’ Gerry Fraley reported that he successfully completed a bullpen session on Jan. 21, throwing 35 pitches.
He will also look like a different guy when Texas fans see him in Surprise. Fraley says Harrison has dropped about 30 pounds during his rehab program.
Spring training should be very beneficial to Harrison’s comeback this season considering where he is now.
The club’s most successful playoff pitcher in history hasn’t pitched in a big league game since July 18, 2012.
Colby Lewis was signed to a minor league deal back on Nov. 23, which included an invite to spring training. He will be coming back from multiple surgeries on his elbow and hip.
With Holland out for the first few months, Lewis could be in line for a rotation spot. He has gone 32-29 since 2010 and is 4-1 in the postseason.
In an interview on KRLD-FM, Lewis said that his hip is great and it is the best he has felt in four or five years.
That is what Rangers fans are hoping for.