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Colby Lewis out for the season following hip surgery

Aug 6, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

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Colby Lewis was on the verge of rejoining the Rangers after a year-long recovery from elbow surgery, but now he needs hip surgery and will miss the remainder of the season.

General manager Jon Daniels announced that Lewis will have surgery to remove bone spurs from his right hip and won’t be able to resume throwing for at least two months. According to Daniels the Rangers “felt he was putting his arm at risk if he pushed any further.”

By picking up Matt Garza from the Cubs and also welcoming back Alexi Ogando from the disabled list the Rangers aren’t lacking in rotation options even after losing Lewis, who re-signed on a one-year, $2 million deal with incentives. He’ll likely be looking for another incentive-heavy contract this offseason.

  1. senioreditor2 - Aug 6, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    All the sudden everyone is having hip surgery? Didn’t that use to be an old person affliction? Maybe PED’s play a part?

  2. joelgold - Aug 6, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    I have thought the same thing. I took high levels of steroids (prednisone) in my 20’s for an auto-immune form of arthritis. In my early 50’s, I started having serious hip issues, and have since had both hips replaced. I did a little research, and there seems to be a connection between steroid use and joint problems. That’s not to infer that everyone with a hip issues is a PED user, but the incidence does seem to be higher than in the past.

    • Reflex - Aug 6, 2013 at 8:57 PM

      Prednisone is a very different type of steroid than testosterone. As far as I know, and as someone who has been prescribed prednisone myself on numerous occasions, it is mostly linked to issues with blood and heart, and can lead to excessive bleeding. It will not as far as anyone knows affect bone density or strength.

      Steroids is a kind of generic term for a lot of biological chemicals. But they do not all act the same, and the one you took as a child has no relation to the kind that professional athletes take.

      Also, your in your 50’s, hip issues are not uncommon.

  3. reeggss - Aug 6, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    Colby, it was a good run, thanks for the comeback but its time to hang’em up.

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