Friday, April 15, 2011

Rangers' Lewis Goes On Paternity Leave

You don't hear of too many men going on paternity leave but Texas Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis bucked that trend.

Lewis took advantage of the new MLB paternity leave rule. A player can be on there for 24 to 72 hours. His wife Jenny gave birth to daughter Elizabeth Grace on Wednesday in Bakersfield, Calif.

Pitching coach Mike Maddux sounds like he's been waiting for this day to come.

"I don't know why we didn't have it before. I've longed for the day we would," Maddux said. "We have the bereavement list and to some, this is for something that's even more sacred."

Lewis is expected to rejoin the team and take his turn in the rotation Tuesday against the Los Angeles Angels.

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