Rangers right-hander Colby Lewis will miss at least two months with a strained lat muscle, as reported by Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Lewis is the third Rangers’ starter to be lost in the last two weeks, joining Yu Darvish and Derek Holland on the disabled list.
Lewis has been solid for Texas so far this season, posting a 3.21 ERA in 15 starts and taking a no-hitter into the ninth inning against the Athletics last Tuesday. The 36-year old is on a reasonable 1-year, $6 million deal and has been a pleasant surprise for Texas.
Texas was already a likely rotation buyer at the trade deadline in August, but now will likely look to make a move in the near future with Lewis, Darvish and Holland all on the shelf. The team is currently working with Cole Hamels, Martin Perez and Nick Martinez as its top three starters, and is likely to add A.J. Griffin and recent minor-league signee Kyle Lohse as stopgap options in the near future.