Rangers scratch Wilson because of food poisoning

Texas left-hander C.J. Wilson was scratched from his scheduled

start against Cleveland on Wednesday night after a bout of food

poisoning hit the Rangers.

Manager Ron Washington turned to right-hander Colby Lewis to

start instead.

Lewis found out he was starting on Tuesday after Wilson, catcher

Taylor Teagarden, reliever Darren O’Day and two strength coaches

felt the effects of food poisoning. Their conditions have improved,

but Washington decided to hold out Wilson of the rest of the series

as a precaution.

“I lost seven pounds in one day,” Wilson said. “Not much

fun.”

Washington had hoped to use Wilson in the series finale

Thursday, but changed plans and he will go with left-hander Matt

Harrison. Wilson could return to the rotation during a three-game

series in New York against the Yankees.

“As weak as C.J. is, there’s no reason to push him,”

Washington said. “With some off days in the schedule, we can

shuffle the rotation a bit. We may start Scott Feldman on Friday.

We’ll have to talk it over.”

Feldman had been scheduled to pitch the second game in New York

Saturday.

Wilson, a former closer, threw seven shutout innings against

Toronto last week in his first start for Texas since 2005.