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Colby Lewis is set to make his first start since 2012

Apr 8, 2014, 4:23 PM EDT

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Colby Lewis last started a big-league game on July 18, 2012, missing the past one-and-a-half seasons following elbow and hip surgeries, but he’s ready to return now.

T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that Lewis will rejoin the Rangers’ rotation Saturday against the Astros, essentially taking the spot created when Joe Saunders injured his ankle while filling in for Texas’ other injured starters.

Before being derailed by surgeries Lewis was a very solid mid-rotation starter for the Rangers, tossing 506 innings–including back-to-back 200-inning seasons–with a 3.93 ERA and 8.1 strikeouts per nine innings.

It’s tough predict what Lewis is capable of after so much time off, but he allowed four runs in five innings in a minor-league rehab start Sunday at Triple-A.  Two of the runs were unearned, but he issued three walks compared to two strikeouts and odds are the Rangers wouldn’t be turning to him this soon if not for other injuries wrecking their rotation.

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