MLB notebook: Lewis's comeback hits snag

Texas Rangers starter Colby Lewis pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during American League...

Texas Rangers starter Colby Lewis pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during American League action in Arlington, Texas May 26, 2012. (REUTERS/Mike Stone)

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Colby Lewis’s comeback has taken a detour.

The Texas Rangers pitcher, who has been out for a year after having elbow surgery and was close to returning to the rotation, won’t play at all in 2013.

The Rangers announced Tuesday that Lewis will have surgery to remove bone spurs in his right hip, a move that will prevent him from throwing for at least two months.

“The guy has unbelievable pain tolerance and work ethic, and he’s pushed through it as long as he could,” Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Tuesday. “We felt he was putting his arm at risk if he pushed any further. We certainly respect his decision.”

Lewis will become a free agent after this season.

PARKER HAS PARKINSON’S

Former Pittsburgh Pirates star Dave Parker revealed Tuesday that he’s battling Parkinson’s disease.

The 62-year-old former slugger told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in February 2012 but remains in the early stages of the disease. His sister was also diagnosed with the neurological disorder.

“There’s no fear,” Parker told the Tribune-Review. “I’ve had a great life. I always dreamt of playing baseball, and I played. I’m 62 years old and fortunate to make it to this point. I have some beautiful kids that I got to watch grow up and become adults. My fingerprints are on the baseball industry. I feel good about that. I have nothing to feel bad about.”

Parker, who played for five MLB teams, won the NL MVP award in 1978 and made the all-star team four times during his stint with the Pirates.

BRIEFLY

The Cleveland Indians put starting pitcher Corey Kluber on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained finger. Kluber was hurt Monday against the Detroit Tigers ... New York Mets closer Bobby Parnell has been shut down and will be put on the DL due to a herniated disc in his back. Parnell, who hasn’t pitched since July 30, has 22 saves this season ... The San Francisco Giants tried to sign pitcher Ted Lilly to a minor-league deal but an agreement couldn’t be reached on an assigned call-up date. Lilly was released by the Los Angeles Dodgers on the weekend ... The Seattle Mariners released Canadian outfielder Jason Bay after he went unclaimed on waivers. Bay, who hit .204 with 11 homers this season, was designated for assignment last week.


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