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Rangers' Colby Lewis expected to return on April 11

By on 3/29/2014 06:00:00 AM

The Texas Rangers will start the 2014 next Monday with Yu Darvish sidelined with a stiff neck. Tanner Scheppers will make his first Major League start in place of Darvish. Marin Perez, Joe Saunders and two other starters, possibly  Tommy Hanson and Robbie Ross, will round out the rotation until Darvish is back. But non-roster invitee Colby Lewis is not, as he will not be on the active roster on Opening Day. The Rangers are not going to make any quick decisions on the status of Lewis, who wants to be ready to return by April 11.

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As reported by Gerry Fraley of The Dallas morning News, Lewis is trying to become the first pitcher in Major League history to try to return from hip-resurfacing surgery.  The reason the Rangers are being so cautious with Lewis is because there is little to no data on this type of surgery for athletes.  But manager Ron Washington is pleased as to where Lewis is at in his recovery.

“If you judge by what he did against Seattle, he’s ready“But this guy just came off hip surgery. We want to make sure there is no issue, because once he goes into our rotation, we want every start we can get.”
Lewis feels ready but knows his fate is not in his hands.

“We’ll see what happens after that.  It’s up to them whether they want me here or not.”

Lewis missed most of last season following surgery in July of 2012 to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow.  He started a Minor League rehab assignment during the middle of last season, but that ended in August when Lewis developed a hip injury which required surgery. He hasn't pitched in a game since.

In his last full season in 2011, he was 14-10 with a 4.40 ERA. For his career, Lewis has an even record of 44-44 with a 4.76 ERA.


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