GOODYEAR, ARIZ.: Jensen Lewis cleared waivers this morning and was outrighted to Columbus, ending his bid to capture a spot in the bullpen.
When he came to camp, he was one of the favorites to win one of two jobs as a reliever, but in his last two appearances he struggled to get anyone out. The final straw with his bosses probably was giving up two, three-run homers in the same innings in a game against Milwaukee last week.
""He's had some success in the past, and we need to get him back on track,'' manager Manny Acta said. ""Maybe he can help us down the road. Plus we can't be unfair to the other guys who are throwing the ball well.''
It appears that Joe Smith's pessimism about starting the season on time was well founded. Acta spoke with head trainer Lonnie Soloff, who advised not rushing Smith back to the mound. He has been sidelined more than two weeks with a strained abdominal muscle.