Lewis cleared to hit, but not in lineup

Lewis cleared to hit, but not in lineup

TORONTO -- Fred Lewis was not in the Blue Jays' starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Rangers, missing his fourth straight game.

But manager Cito Gaston said before Tuesday's game that the outfielder's hyperextended right elbow was sound and that he could play. Lewis has been available only to pinch-run, but he has not been used in that role.

Now he is available to hit as well.

"He's ready to go. He said he's OK right now," Gaston said. "He can play any time I put him back in the lineup."

Lewis injured the elbow on Sept. 1 during a sixth-inning at-bat at Tampa Bay, where he fouled off six pitches against David Price in a nine-pitch at-bat. He eventually struck out, but couldn't continue in the game because of the elbow.

Travis Snider was again in left field Tuesday, where he had sharing time with Lewis. DeWayne Wise, who entered the game 8-for-16 in his past four starts, was given the start in right field.

Lewis is batting .262 with eight homers and 36 RBIs.