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Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis ready to return from hip surgery

Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis is ready to finally get rolling. The right-hander will make his first spring training start Monday since having hip surgery in August.

Lewis hasn’t pitched in a major league game since July 2012 when he his season was cut short by elbow surgery.

“I’m not nervous or anything, but I want to get the first one out of the way and kind of move forward,” said Lewis, 34. “It’s getting into game speed and it’ll be good to get that first one out of the way and start plugging along.”

Lewis’ main objective with the first start is understandable. He’s just hoping his body — his elbow, hip, everything — is feeling good after his two inning stint.

“I know if I feel good after I get done then hopefully I can bounce back well and go from there,” he said.

Lewis said his hip feels “really, really good.” In fact, the rest of his body is “trying to catch up.”

Lewis is hoping to earn a spot in the Rangers’ rotation. His manager Ron Washington has been impressed with his comeback and admitted he didn’t know what to expect from the veteran in March.

“He’s been Colby Lewis. Leading, being a pro, not asking for any favors. Being a part of everything,” Washington said. “He had a serious operation. I don’t know [what to expect] because Colby is a different animal. You don’t ever count Colby out. That’s why I say he’s just Colby.”

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