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Lewis had surgery on his pitching elbow in late July of 2012 and missed the end of the season. He started a Minor-League rehab assignment mid-2013 but suffered hip problems that led to another surgery in August. He has recovered and thrown well enough during the offseason to earn the contract and invitation.
Maddux is "cautiously optimistic" in Lewis's progress. He says that he will have Lewis consult with the Rangers' medical team often and Lewis will have to give honest reports on how he feels. Said Maddux,
"Great things from Colby. Of course he's going to be on a little different program (in spring training) because the surgery and the procedure he had nobody else has had it. We're going to have to listen to him and really get with the medical team. We're in unchartered waters right now but if anybody's going to find their way to shore it's Colby Lewis."Lewis has a career record of 44-44 with a 4.76 ERA and 1.367 WHIP. In his last two and a half years before his injury, though, he was 32-29, 3.93 ERA, 1.175 WHIP, and 2.4 average WAR. If he makes the roster, Lewis will earn $2 million with a chance to make $4 million more in incentives.
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