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Colby Lewis likely to return this weekend

BOSTON -- Texas Rangers starting pitcher Colby Lewis threw a bullpen on Wednesday afternoon, making it likely that he will pitch for the team this weekend, according to general manager Jon Daniels.

Lewis, who was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock at the end of spring training, threw five innings Sunday, allowing four runs on four hits. Daniels said the team will wait to see how Lewis’ bullpen goes before making a final decision.

Lewis, who has been recovering from elbow and hip surgeries, last pitched in the majors in 2012. Daniels said that monitoring Lewis has been interesting due to the nature of his injuries, but the process has gone smoothly.

“There’s been a lot of communication with the surgeon that operated on him, Dr. Meister, our medical staff, and then, importantly, Colby,” Daniels said. "Colby was a big piece in that communication as far as getting honest feedback of where he is.

“The guy has a track record of pushing through, and we all felt if anybody could do it, it would be Colby. It’s going to be a test. His last few outings, spring training and rehab, he’s looked good. Obviously the big leagues are a different animal, but we’re at a point where it makes sense to take a look.”

Chirinos gets another crack: Following a 2-for-4 night at the plate with a home run, catcher Robinson Chirinos was penciled into the lineup for the second consecutive day. Manager Ron Washington said that the consecutive starts for Chirinos were planned; however, J.P. Arencibia will be back behind the plate Friday against the Houston Astros.

Washington said that despite Arencibia’s slow start at the plate (two hits in 16 at-bats), he’s seeing progress in the 28-year-old.

“He’s having better at-bats,” Washington said. “He’s been stinging the ball, just been at people. It’s coming, it’s a process.”