ARLINGTON, Texas – Colby Lewis and his new right hip would love a chance to pitch for the Texas Rangers in 2014.
But Lewis, who had right hip surgery three weeks ago, said he hasn’t had any talks with the Rangers about any kind of deal for next year.
That doesn’t mean it won’t happen though for the free agent to be.
“I’d love to come back but I’m a free agent and you have to see how things go,” Lewis said. “I don’t know what they’ll be willing to offer me at the end of the season. With nobody really known to test these waters as to what I’ve had hip wise, we’re going to see what kind of teams are going to be willing to take a shot at it.”
The Rangers have a history of taking chances on pitchers with injuries in their history with mixed results. They did so with Brandon Webb, Rich Harden, Neal Cotts and Lewis this year. Lewis this year was trying to come back from a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow. Next year he’ll be attempting to come back from hip resurfacing, which is just shy of hip replacement.
Lewis has no idea what the market for him will be like and he’s not ruling out a minor-league deal. Lewis, 34, hasn’t pitched in the majors since last July 18. The Rangers signed him to a deal for this season last September after he had his elbow surgery with hopes he’d be able to pitch this season.
Lewis has already started walking and riding a stationary bike. He’ll meet with doctors once the season is over and then set up a rehab program from there.
Lewis said his hip, which has plagued him throughout his career, feels great.
“To be able to bend over and tie my shoe and not at a crazy angle is pretty life changing on the basic quality of life side,” said Lewis, who is the franchise team leader in postseason wins with four. “I got comfortable with it. It just got the point where cortisone wasn’t masking it anymore.”