Rangers left-hander Cliff Lee returned to Texas on Wednesday to get a shot and have his ailing back checked out.
Lee was scheduled to rejoin the AL West leaders on Friday.
Lee is 0-3 with an 8.28 ERA in his last five starts. He gave up six runs and 10 hits in 42/3 innings Tuesday night at Kansas City.
“After the game last night Cliff Lee told us he was experiencing some discomfort in his back,” Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine said. “We flew him back to Dallas to see (Rangers team physician) Dr. (Keith) Meister. He put him through a battery of tests today and also gave him a trigger point injection in his back.”
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Lee, the 2008 AL Cy Young winner, has not won since Aug. 6 at Oakland. He is 2-5 with a 4.69 ERA in 11 starts with the Rangers since they acquired him in six-player trade July 9 with the Seattle Mariners.
Levine said Lee has an oblique injury in April with the Mariners, “but we don’t think this is related.”
Lee’s next scheduled start is Monday in Minnesota, but whether he makes that is yet to be determined.
“We’ll see how it goes the rest of the way,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said. “He didn’t have a good August. If he drops three or four wins for us in September we’ll forget about that.”
Colorado Rockies right-handed reliever Manuel Corpas will have reconstructive Tommy John (ligament-replacement) elbow surgery. Surgery is set for Wednesday and he could be sidelined for the entire 2011 season – the typical recovery time from Tommy John surgery is 12 to 18 months. … Josh Hamilton was held out of the Rangers’ lineup after receiving a shot the previous night for his sore right knee. Hamilton, who leads the majors with a .361 batting average, was the designated hitter the previous two games at Kansas City. He hit .435 with five home runs and 16 RBI in his past 12 games and said he planned to play the outfield today. … The Minnesota Twins scratched designated hitter Jim Thome from the lineup because of tightness in his back. … Jeff Francoeur joined the Rangers after being acquired Tuesday in a trade with the New York Mets. … Atlanta Braves right-hander Derek Lowe will skip his scheduled start Friday against the Florida Marlins because of lingering pain in his right elbow. … The Twins sent 7-foot-1 pitcher Loek Van Mil to the Los Angeles Angels to complete last week’s trade for left-hander Brian Fuentes. Van Mil is a right-hander from the Netherlands who turns 26 later this month. … The Cincinnati Reds called up first baseman Yonder Alonso to give them another power hitter on the bench in September.