Colby Lewis should make his 2014 debut for the Texas Rangers on Saturday, assuming that he recovers from his last outing without any issues with his left hip.
The right-hander hasn’t pitched since July 2012, first after having surgery for a torn flexor muscle and also after having a hip-resurfacing procedure eight months ago. He was disappointed to not open the season with the Rangers, and has made two starts for Triple A Round Rock.
The latest was Sunday, when he logged 98 pitches and allowed four runs (two earned) in five innings. He will throw a bullpen session Wednesday, discuss matters with pitching coach Mike Maddux and join the Rangers on Friday as they open a 10-game homestand.
“We’re going to let him finish his work in Round Rock,” manager Ron Washington said Tuesday. “Our intentions are to bring him into Texas.”
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Lewis will take the rotation spot created when left-hander Joe Saunders was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a bruised left ankle. Tanner Scheppers will be bumped to Sunday, but could go Saturday if Lewis reports any issues.
Yu Darvish will start Friday on normal rest.