Colby Lewis (elbow) is expected to rejoin the Rangers' rotation in the first week of June.
After dealing with a minor bout of triceps tendinitis, Lewis will resume his rehab assignment at Double-A Frisco on Monday. He'll need two additional outings after that before being activated. The right-hander is a nice roster stash in fantasy leagues if you have room.
Elvis Andrus has hit safely in 12 of 15 games this month.
After scuffling out of the gate (.250/.291/.317 in April), Andrus has shown signs of adapting his timing. His OBP in May is over .350. After posting a career high .378 slugging percentage in 2012, Andrus has seen that number tumble to .321 entering play on Thursday. Of course, nobody drafted him as a slugger. The two-time All-Star already has almost half as many steals this year (10) as he did last (21), and he's only been picked off once. We're not concerned with him.
Yu Darvish threw 130 pitches while allowing four runs over eight innings Thursday in a win over the Tigers.
With a 10-4 lead, we're not sure why the Rangers didn't pull Darvish after seven. Still, it's not like the right-hander is a stranger to 130-pitch starts, even if it's his first since he jumped to MLB. Also, Darvish was lights out after a rough start tonight, retiring 15 of the last 16 (and the final 10) batters he faced. He's 7-1 with a 2.97 ERA.
Geovany Soto hit a three-run homer off Justin Verlander in the Rangers' win Thursday.
Soto, who had just one RBI in 47 at-bats this season, finally came through with A.J. Pierzynski on the disabled list. That said, as much as a liability as he's been with the bat thus far, the Rangers are still 9-6 with him in the lineup.
Lance Berkman went 0-for-3 with a walk in Thursday's win against the Tigers.
Rather quietly, Big Puma is getting on base just like he did in his heyday (.414 OBP). Over the last two years (238 plate appearances), however, Berkman has just five home runs. Fantasy owners are certainly hoping for more, and Berkman may just oblige over a scorching summer in Texas. It's equally likely that Fat Elvis' prestigious power is a thing of the past. He's stayed in the league as a 37-year-old designated hitter by not selling out walks (second in the AL, currently) for monster fence-targeting swings.
Kyle McClellan (lat) has been activated from Triple-A Round Rock's disabled list.
McClellan will make his debut with the club on Thursday. He's been out since mid-March with a strained lat but could eventually be an option for the Rangers' bullpen.