‘Riders Rehabbers: Colby Lewis & A.J. Pierzynski

Texas Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis will start for the RoughRiders this morning against the San Antonio Missions.  Lewis is currently on the Rangers’ 15-day disabled list and is working to return to the major leagues after suffering a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow last season.

The Rangers’ 2012 Opening Day starting pitcher suffered a tear in his right elbow last July and attempted to pitch through the injury before exacerbating it in his final start of the season on July 18 in Oakland.  The right-hander was 6-6 with a 3.43 ERA in 16 starts for Texas before going on the disabled list.

Lewis made one rehab start this season with the Round Rock Express on May 9, but suffered from triceps tendonitis after the outing and the Rangers temporarily shut down his assignment.

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Rangers’ catcher A.J. Pierzynski will be the designated hitter today as he continues his rehab assignment with the RoughRiders suffering from a strained right oblique muscle.  Though he won’t be catching for Lewis, it will be great to see two future Rangers battery mates in RoughRiders uniforms.  This is the first time either player has appeared with the ‘Riders.

Pierzynski made an appearance in yesterday’s RoughRiders game against the Missions, playing through five innings.  He threw out two attempted steals and was 0-3 at the plate.  In his first season with the Rangers, the catcher has played in 26 games and is batting .263 with four home runs, a triple, 11 RBI and nine runs scored.  The two-time All-Star is in his 16th Major League season and signed a one-year contract with Texas this past off-season following an eight-year stint with the White Sox.

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