Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis will miss the rest of the season because of a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow that requires surgery.
Lewis was evaluated by team physician Dr. Keith Meister before Monday’s game against the Boston Red Sox. Meister will perform the operation later this week.
Texas manager Ron Washington called Lewis the team’s “anchor.”
“You always knew what you’d get when you put Colby Lewis out there, and it’s usually pretty great,” Washington said.
Lewis is 6-6 with a 3.43 ERA in 16 starts this season. The right-hander has been a key member of a rotation that helped Texas win consecutive A.L. pennants the past two years. He is 4-1 with a 2.34 ERA in eight postseason starts.
The Rangers put Lewis on the disabled list Monday and recalled rookie left-hander Martin Perez.
Lewis first went on the DL because of the injury from June 24 to July 17. He made one start after returning, allowing three hits and one run in five innings against Oakland last Wednesday.
Dempster still a Cub
Ryan Dempster was still in a Chicago Cubs uniform despite reports that the team had agreed to a trade that would send him to the Atlanta Braves.
The pitcher declined comment before Chicago’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, and Cubs assistant general manager Randy Bush said, “There is nothing to report.”
Dempster has the right to refuse any deal.
A message posted on the Twitter account for Dempster’s foundation read: “THERE IS NO TRADE don’t know where this info came from!”
Dempster is 5-4 with a major league-best 2.11 ERA in 15 starts, making him one of the most attractive pitchers on the market before the July 31 deadline for trades without waivers.
Veteran right-hander Joel Pineiro, who pitched in Baltimore’s organization this season, will have surgery on his right shoulder today. Pineiro has a torn labrum. The 33-year-old is 104-93 with a 4.41 ERA over 12 major league seasons. He has pitched for Seattle, Boston, St. Louis and the Los Angeles Angels. … The Detroit Tigers have acquired second baseman Omar Infante and right-hander Anibal Sanchez from Miami, sending 21-year-old righty Jacob Turner and two minor leaguers to the Marlins. … Louise Nippert, an owner of the Cincinnati Reds during the Big Red Machine era and a financial contributor to the Cincinnati arts scene, died Monday at age 100. Nippert and her husband, Louis Nippert, bought majority control of the Reds in 1973.