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:
Rangers confirm that Lewis will have surgery for a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow.— Anthony Andro (@aandro) July 23, 2012
While this isn't Tommy John surgery, it still means Lewis' 2012 season is over.
Rangers putting Lewis on DL.— Anthony Andro (@aandro) July 23, 2012
Rangers recalling Martin Perez. Lewis has right forearm tendinitis. Move retroactive to July 19.— Anthony Andro (@aandro) July 23, 2012
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.
Do the Rangers need to acquire another starting pitcher?