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Lewis steps up for ailing Wilson

Lewis steps up for ailing Wilson

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CLEVELAND -- Rangers starter C.J. Wilson could be pushed back as far as Saturday after being scratched from Wednesday's start against the Indians because of food poisoning.

Colby Lewis took Wilson's start Wednesday and Matt Harrison will start on Thursday in the finale of a three-game series in Cleveland. Wilson was better on Wednesday, but the Rangers are going to hold him back until a three-game series against the Yankees in New York.

"As well as he is today, we're not going to push him out there tomorrow," manager Ron Washington said. "We'll get him out there Friday or Saturday in New York."

Wilson and several other Rangers contracted the illness from something they ate in the clubhouse after Monday's win over the Indians. The Rangers were off on Tuesday, and Wilson was bed-ridden the entire day.

"It was a great episode of 'Lost' though," Wilson said. "I only left the room twice to get a bottle of water and some energy bars. Other than that, I was completely non-functional the whole day."

Catcher Taylor Teagarden and reliever Darren O'Day were hit with the food poisoning as well. Teagarden was not in the lineup on Wednesday, and O'Day's availability out of the bullpen was questionable.

Wilson could be ready to start on Friday against the Yankees, but the Rangers may wait until Saturday. That would allow them to move Scott Feldman up as well. He is a right-hander, and that would allow Washington to keep Harrison and Wilson -- his two left-handers -- from pitching on consecutive days. The Rangers like them split up, which is why the original rotation had Lewis pitching between them.

"It's certainly something we talked about, but we haven't made a decision yet," Washington said.

The Rangers' day off on Tuesday allows them to move up Lewis, Harrison and Feldman and pitch them on their normal four days of rest.

Wilson threw seven scoreless innings in his first start against the Blue Jays last Thursday, although the Rangers ended up losing, 3-1. Lewis pitched the next night against the Mariners and went seven innings in a 6-2 victory, allowing just one run.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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