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Rangers' Colby Lewis will miss rest of 2013 due to hip surgery

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Elbow and hip problems will prevent Colby Lewis from throwing a single MLB pitch in 2013.
Elbow and hip problems will prevent Colby Lewis from throwing a single MLB pitch in 2013. (USATSI)

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Rangers right-hander Colby Lewis will have season-ending surgery to remove a bone spur from his right hip. He has not pitched at all this year after having surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon in his elbow last summer.

“I got to get it done to give myself another shot of pitching in the big leagues,” said Lewis to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com. “I'd love to pitch for the Rangers again.”

Sullivan says the hip has been giving Lewis problems for quite some time, and it could have been leading to other injuries. He's had forearm, neck and shoulder issues in addition to elbow trouble in the past.

Lewis, 34, made seven minor league starts as part of his rehab from the elbow surgery before being shut down with the hip injury. He pitched to a 7.50 ERA and 1.71 WHIP in 24 innings across those seven starts, five of which came with Double-A Frisco.

In 16 starts before blowing out his elbow last year, Lewis went 6-6 with a 3.43 ERA and a stellar 6.64 K/BB. Since returning from a very successful stint in Japan from 2008-09, Lewis has gone 32-29 with a 3.93 ERA and 3.39 K/BB in 80 starts for Texas.

The Rangers have close to a full five-man rotation on the DL, as Lewis is joined by Neftali Feliz (Tommy John surgery), Matt Harrison (back) and Nick Tepesch (elbow) on the sidelines. Texas acquired Matt Garza at the trade deadline to help the thinned-out rotation.

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