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August 06, 2013

Rangers' Colby Lewis to have hip surgery, won't pitch this season

Right-hander Colby Lewis will have surgery on his right hip and won't pitch for the Rangers this season, he and general manager Jon Daniels announced Tuesday during a conference call.

Lewis will have bone spurs removed from his hip either late this week or early next week. Lewis has been told that he can return to normal activity in two months.

"The guy has unbelievable pain tolerance and work ethic, and he's pushed through it as long as he could," Daniels said. "We felt he was putting his arm at risk if he pushed any further. We certainly respect his decision."

Lewis is a free agent after the season but plans to pitch somewhere in 2014. He said that his arm is healthy, especially the flexor tendon that required surgery in July 2013. But his hip, which has bothered him for several seasons, wasn't allowing him to be 100 percent effective.

Daniels said that the Rangers "absolutely" would like to have Lewis back in 2014.

"Me going out there, my fastball has inconsistencies," Lewis said. "My consistency to repeat my delivery is not there. I've put myself in a situation where I haven't given my arm a chance to get right either. I know going out there, my arm feels great at times. If my mechanics aren't right with my hip, it feels sore at times."

-- Jeff Wilson



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