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July 21, 2012

Saturday pregame Rangers notes: Colby Lewis, Koji Uehara still on hold

Colby Lewis did not throw Saturday because of tightness in his right forearm and will be evaluated Sunday before a decision is made about his availability for his next start, now tentatively scheduled for Tuesday.

Lewis returned from the disabled list Wednesday at Oakland after missing two starts because of forearm tendinitis, and left after five innings as the forearm tightened. Manager Ron Washington said on Friday that Lewis needs to pitch a bullpen session to be able to start Tuesday.

If he is forced to the disabled list again, the Rangers could recall Martin Perez to make the start. He threw two innings in relief Friday for Round Rock and could be brought back within the 10-day window after being optioned if the Rangers make a DL move.

Right-hander Koji Uehara will not throw again until next week in Arlington and said that he hasn't even thought about getting on a mound after the strain in his right lat flared up after a rehab assignment a week ago.

Uehara threw in Oakland and said he still felt some tenderness. He is hoping that rest will help solve the problem, but admitted that frustration has set in. "Of course," he said.

Neftali Feliz will return to the mound Wednesday at Round Rock after allowing four runs in only 1 2/3 innings Friday in is second rehab start. "It didn't sound too good," Washington said. "They didn't hit the ball hard, so I was told. I certainly would have liked to see him get through the three innings, but at least he got 48 pitches. And his health is fine."

Mitch Moreland has been cleared for a rehab assignment with Round Rock on Monday after running the bases Saturday. Moreland will play for Round Rock on Monday and Tuesday, come back to Arlington for the birth of his first child Wednesday and Thursday, and joined Double A Frisco on Friday.

-- Jeff Wilson



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