ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Texas Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis will have season ending surgery according to a report from the Rangers.
Lewis is scheduled to have surgery that will remove bone spurs from his right hip. Rangers EVP of Communication John Blake confirmed the report via Twitter on Tuesday afternoon.
Lewis had surgery last July to repair a torn flexor tendon in his elbow and has not pitched with the Rangers this season. The 34-year-old has been on a rehab assignment with Double-A Frisco and was scheduled to pitch with Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday.
Lewis, the team’s most successful postseason pitcher, said the repaired elbow has felt good. But the pain in his hip was getting to the point that it affected his pitching.
“My consistency to repeat my delivery is not there, and I think it just has basically put myself in a situation where I haven’t give my arm a chance to get right either,” Lewis said. “My arm, it feels great at times. Then, if my mechanics aren’t perfect because of my hip, it gets sore at certain times.”
The surgery will be done as early as the end of this week. Recovery time is six to eight weeks.
Originally drafted by the Rangers in 1999 with a compensation pick between the first and second rounds, Lewis is 32-29 with a 3.93 ERA in 80 starts since rejoining the team in 2010 after two seasons in Japan. He is 4-1 with a 2.34 ERA in eight postseason starts — 1-0 with a 2.29 ERA in three World Series games.
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