The Rangers had meticulously charted a course last month that would keep Colby Lewis from pitching in National League ballparks this season, so that he wouldn’t have to hit and run the bases on his surgically repaired right hip.
But, as has been the case all season because of injuries, things got knocked off course, and Lewis will be the Rangers’ starting pitcher Friday as they open a three-game interleague series at Washington.
Lewis took batting practice Wednesday, and said he has no worries about stepping into the box or running the bases. He will be cautious if he reaches, but will do what the game asks him to do.
That includes sliding into a base, something he has yet to attempt. But he is buoyed by the fact that Ed Jovanovski has had no issues as an NHL defense this season after having the same procedure.
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“If something were to happen and I got on, I’m not going to go try to steal second,” Lewis said. “If Jovanovski is playing hockey on it and getting checked into the boards, I figure it’s a pretty stable joint.”
Lewis is a career .250 hitter (5 for 20) with four RBI, and hit three homers in 2009 while playing in Japan.