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Texas Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis gets in a good rehabilitation workout at the Lifetime Fitness Gym in Bakersfield in this January 2013 photo.

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Veteran right-handed pitcher Colby Lewis of the Texas Rangers was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock (Texas) of the Pacific Coast League on Saturday as the Rangers got down to their opening-day 25-man roster.

Lewis, a North High graduate and former Bakersfield College pitcher, missed the entire 2013 season with elbow and hip surgeries.

He is 44-44 in his eight-year major league career, including 14-10 in his best season in 2011 for the Rangers.

Lewis signed his latest contract with Texas in November. Barring any setbacks, Lewis is expected to be recalled by the Rangers on April 11.

Lewis is attempting to become the first player in major league history to return from hip-resurfacing surgery, according to Fraley's story. Lewis can opt-out of his contract on April 10.