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Colby Lewis to have season-ending surgery on elbow

Jul 23, 2012, 7:56 PM EDT

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UPDATE: According to Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest, the Rangers have confirmed that Lewis will undergo surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow. This is not the ulnar collateral ligament, which is associated with Tommy John surgery. Either way, he’s done for 2012.

7:47 PM: Passan is now reporting that Lewis will not undergo Tommy John surgery. The Rangers have yet to make an official announcement on how he’ll proceed.

7:08 PM: Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Lewis will undergo Tommy John surgery. This will be the second Tommy John surgery of his career.

7:07 PM: According to Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas, Lewis was diagnosed with a torn ligament in his throwing arm and is expected to undergo season-ending surgery.

It’s a tough blow for the Rangers, as Lewis has a 3.93 ERA in 80 starts since returning from Japan in 2010. With Roy Oswalt also sidelined, the Rangers could ramp up their efforts to acquire a starting pitcher in the days ahead.

4:42 PM: Colby Lewis came off the disabled list last week, made one start, and is now headed back to the DL with the same forearm problems that sidelined him the first time.

Lewis actually pitched well against the A’s on Wednesday, tossing five innings of one-run ball, but revealed afterward that he exited early because of forearm soreness.

Officially his latest injury is being called forearm tendinitis and the Rangers have recalled Martin Perez from Triple-A to take his spot in the rotation. And with Roy Oswalt’s status uncertain because of his back bad acting up again Perez may stick around for a while this time.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    So far, Ryan Dempster has not denied that he has been traded to Texas.

  2. randygnyc - Jul 23, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Torn elbow ligament. TJ surgery immanent.

  3. randygnyc - Jul 23, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    I feel bad for Lewis, but I f it had to happen, it should’ve happened August 1st.

    Hope he has a full and speedy recovery.

  4. hittfamily - Jul 23, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    That’s the way baseball go.

    The asking price for Garza, Shields, and Josh Johnson just went up considerably.

  5. randygnyc - Jul 23, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    As stated, Texas won’t or shouldn’t announce how bad it is yet. It certainly affects the trade market

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