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Colby Lewis expected to pitch for Rangers in 2015

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Tuesday night he expected the club to finalize a deal to bring back right-handed starter Colby Lewis. Lewis' agent, Alan Nero, told ESPNDallas on Tuesday night he expected something to happen by the weekend.

"I think we're try to finalize it this week, that's my goal," Daniels said. "I expect he'll be back."

Lewis missed the 2013 season recovering from hip replacement surgery and minor surgery to his elbow. He was signed to a minor-league contract, made the club and tied for the team lead in victories with staff ace Yu Darvish at 10.

Toward the end of the season, Lewis expressed a desire to return, and during the last trip of the 2014 season held a brief chat with Daniels, telling him as much. But when the club failed to reach a deal with Lewis in October, there was some concern it wouldn't happen.

However, Daniels left the door open for Lewis because of his veteran presence in the starting rotation.

Lewis finished 10-14 with a 5.18 ERA and a team-high 29 starts. He was a consideration for the AL Comeback Player of the Year award given how he pitched in 2014, participating in a team-high 170 1/3 innings after having hip replacement surgery.

Once the deal becomes finalized, Lewis will become the veteran the Rangers are looking to use for the back end of the rotation.