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Colby Lewis is ready to pitch again after elbow and hip surgeries

Feb 24, 2014, 11:47 AM EDT

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Colby Lewis has missed nearly two years following elbow surgery and a hip replacement, but the 34-year-old right-hander is finally ready for game action again in Rangers camp.

Lewis, who re-signed with Texas on a minor-league contract, is scheduled to pitch in an intrasquad game Tuesday. Here’s what he told T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com about his status:

The Rangers have been gracious to give me another opportunity this year to try to make the club. That’s all I can do is go out there and perform with what I’ve got. If it’s good enough, I’ll make the club. If it’s not, we’ll see what’s out there.

Which seems to suggest he’d rather opt out of the contract than accept an assignment to Triple-A if he doesn’t crack the Opening Day roster. Lewis’ deal would be worth $2 million in upfront money if he makes the team, plus another $4 million in potential incentives.

His entire career has been full of injuries, so Lewis is definitely someone to root for. Prior to the latest injury setbacks he threw 506 innings with a 3.93 ERA for the Rangers from 2011-2013.

  1. moogro - Feb 24, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    I only root for people without injuries. Preferably that play on only one team their whole career. Those people are winners. People that get injured or move around make things complicated and make my head hurt.

  2. thetxhammer - Feb 24, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    Between Harrison’s mattress, Dutch’s dog, and Yu’s groin/back/buttocks issues…a healthy Colby Lewis is a welcomed sight.

  3. bluebirds987 - Feb 25, 2014 at 6:02 AM

    Has he really had a hip replacement or is that a mistake?

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