CLEVELAND -- Scott Lewis started the Indians' home opener this season and hasn't been heard from since.
On Monday, the Indians recalled Lewis from his Minor League rehab assignment, reinstated him from the 60-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Columbus.
The left-handed Lewis won the Tribe's vacant rotation spot in Spring Training camp and made just one start on April 10. He gave up four runs over 4 1/3 innings against the Blue Jays in a no-decision, then went on the DL two days later with what was deemed as a "mild forearm strain" by the club. It was expected he would miss a month, at most, but the pain persisted. Lewis visited Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., in June and was essentially told he would have to learn to pitch with the pain near his elbow.
Lewis' reinstatement brings the Tribe's 40-man roster total to 35 players.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.