June 6, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; (Editors note: Multiple exposure image) Texas Rangers starting pitcher Colby Lewis (48) delivers a pitch during the eighth inning against the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Colby Lewis will not pitch opener for Rangers


He’s known locally as one of the best pitchers under pressure and a big game performer, but he will not be on the mound for the Texas Rangers.

Texas manager Ron Washington has not officially announced the new Opening Day starter after Yu Darvish was scratched with neck stiffness. The one name he did rule out was veteran Colby Lewis, according to Drew Davidson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Lewis is trying to rebound from hip and flexor tendon surgery in 2012 and is in camp on a minor-league deal. He has been slowly building his stamina and control up this Spring and with all of the injuries to the Rangers rotation, it seems that he would be in the starting five by default.

Lewis was the Rangers’ best pitcher in their two World Series runs in 2010-2011, going 5-3 with a 2.34 ERA in 8 postseason starts. He was also the Rangers’ Opening Day pitcher in 2012. He will not get to repeat as Opening Day starter in 2014.

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