Rangers RHP Colby Lewis to Undergo Season-Ending Surgery

July 18, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Colby Lewis (48) pitches during the second inning against the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-US PRESSWIRE

UPDATE - The Rangers have confirmed that Lewis will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow, reports Andro:

While this isn't Tommy John surgery, it still means Lewis' 2012 season is over.

JULY 23, 5:00 PM EDT - The Texas Rangers have placed right-hander Colby Lewis on the 15-day disabled list with forearm tendinitis, reports Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest:

To replace Lewis on their roster, the Rangers have recalled left-hander Martin Perez from Triple-A.

Lewis was just activated by the Rangers last week, but he’s back on the DL after only one start. The right-hander experienced discomfort in his forearm following his latest appearance, prompting him to skip his bullpen session on Sunday. The tightness issue has been persistent for Lewis, and he’s indicated that the injury is not something he intends to pitch through.

On the year, Lewis has maintained an ERA and WHIP of 3.42 and 1.076 over his 16 starts.

Perez made his major league debut for the Rangers in late June and he’s started two games for Texas this season. Over 13 innings pitched at the major league level, he’s allowed 10 runs, eight earned, on 15 hits and six walks with nine strikeouts.

The 21-year-old has posted an ERA and WHIP of 4.59 and 1.390 over 86 1/3 innings with the Rangers’ Triple-A affiliate this season.

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