Rangers RHP Colby Lewis out for season
Lewis was evaluated by team physician Dr. Keith Meister before Monday’s game against the Boston Red Sox and elected to have surgery. Meister will perform the operation this week and Lewis is expected to be sidelined for nine to 12 months.
“It’s a disappointment,” he said. “Not only to me, but to my family, my teammates and the organization.”
Lewis is 6-6 with a 3.43 ERA in 16 starts this season. The right-hander has been a key member of a steady rotation that’s helped Texas win consecutive AL pennants the past two years. He is 4-1 with a 2.34 ERA in eight postseason starts.
Lewis was on the disabled list from June 24 to July 17 with right forearm tendinitis. He made one start after returning, allowing one run and three hits over five innings in Oakland last Wednesday.
Lewis said he felt good for three innings during that start but his arm tightened up in the fourth and fifth.
“I didn’t want to push it. I didn’t want everything to pop,” Lewis said, adding that an MRI before he went on the DL in June revealed a small tear.
Lewis, who turns 33 next month, was Texas’ opening-day starter this year. He won at least 12 games and reached 200 innings each of the past two seasons.
Perez made his major league debut for the Rangers this month and was recalled five days after being sent to Triple-A Round Rock. He is 1-1 with a 5.54 ERA in four appearances for Texas, including two starts.
“I was told that I did what they expected of me. I didn’t get mad because they sent me down,” Perez said through a translator.