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Rangers' Lewis set for Saturday return

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Texas Rangers right-hander Colby Lewis is expected to return from a long injury hiatus and start on Saturday for the first time since July 2012.

Lewis spent the past 1 1/2 years recovering from elbow and hip surgeries, but MLB.com reported Tuesday that he is ready to return to the Texas rotation for a game on Saturday against the Houston Astros.

The 34-year-old will fill the starting spot left when Joe Saunders suffered an ankle injury after he was hit on the mound by a comebacker.

In a triple-A rehab start on Sunday after spending time in extended spring training, Lewis gave up four runs (two earned) and three walks in five innings.

As a starter in 2012 before the injuries, Lewis posted a 6-6 record with a 3.43 ERA. In 80 starts for the Rangers since 2010, he is 32-29 with a 3.93 ERA. His career record with the Rangers, Detroit Tigers and Oakland Athletics is 44-44 with a 4.77 ERA in 152 appearances and 114 starts.

Despite Saunders going on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised ankle, the health of the Rangers' starting staff appears to be improving. Right-hander Yu Darvish returned Sunday from neck stiffness and left-hander Matt Harrison should join the team soon after a rehab assignment.
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