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July 22, 2012

Sunday pregame Rangers notes: More on Oswalt, Lewis

The Rangers expect that Roy Oswalt will miss only one turn in the rotation because of stiffness in his lower back that led to him being scratched from his start Monday. Colby Lewis, though, seems like a candidate for the disabled list.

Oswalt has left the team for Houston, where he will see his back doctor and possibly receive a cortisone shot. General manager Jon Daniels said that Oswalt warned them before he signed in May that he occasionally has minor flare-ups similar to the one he is experiencing now.

"We anticipate that he's only going to miss one start," Daniels said.

Lewis will visit Dr. Keith Meister on Monday in Arlington. The Rangers continue to list him as their Tuesday starter even though he has complained since Wednesday of forearm tightness anf d has not thrown a bullpen session.

Lewis seemed to be of the mind-set that playing things safe would be best.

"I'm not going to sit here and push the situation," he said. "I've got to think about a career and not a month."

Daniels said that the Rangers are considering either Martin Perez or Justin Grimm to start if Lewis can't go. Manager Ron Washington favors Perez, who pitched two innings Friday for Triple A Round Rock as a tuneup for this possibility.

The Rangers continue to look at the trade market ahead of the July 31 trade deadline, said Daniels, but haven't closed in on a deal for pitching help.

Elsewhere ...

David Murphy is back in the starting lineup after suffered from a 24-hour stomach flu that settled in Friday. He didn't play Saturday and didn't show up to the ballpark until just before first pitch. He was available to pinch-hit, but admitted to be relieved that he wasn't need in the 9-2 victory.

Mark Lowe was scheduled to throw his first bullpen session since going on the disabled list June 29 with a strained right intercostal muscle.

Mitch Moreland has left the team to begin his rehab assignment Monday at Round Rock. He is expected to play six innings the first two games before returning to the Metroplex to be with his wife as she delivers their first child.

-- Jeff Wilson



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