Rangers' Wilson won't start vs. Indians

Updated: April 14, 2010, 7:13 PM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

Texas Rangers starting pitcher C.J. Wilson and catcher Taylor Teagarden were scratched from Wednesday's game against the Cleveland Indians because of food poisioning, the team announced.

Right-handed pitcher Colby Lewis and backup catcher Matt Treanor started in their places against the Indians. Relief pitcher Darren O'Day also has food poisoning, but his availability is unknown.

The Rangers said Matt Harrison will start Thursday against Cleveland, with Wilson possibly returning to the rotation Friday against the New York Yankees.

"I'm feeling a little better than yesterday but obviously not fanstastic," Wilson told ESPN 103.3 FM on Wednesday. "I've probably lost six to 10 pounds in the last 36 hours, so that's not good.

"It's kind of a freak thing. Five or six guys all ate some bad chicken sandwiches or something like that at the stadium. What do you know? Everybody enjoyed their off day. ... Our trainer did some investigating, and found out the common link. A couple of other guys are sick."

Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine, who is with the club in Cleveland, told ESPNDallas.com that a few players and staff members had "symptoms consistent with food poisoning" on Tuesday morning. He said all of them are better, but that the team wanted to be careful with Wilson in particular because of the demands of a starting pitcher.

Wilson is coming off his first start since 2005 in which he pitched seven scoreless innings. He gave up five hits and struck out nine in a 3-1 loss to Toronto.

"We haven't determined when he gets reinstated into the rotation," Levine said. "... As much as I think he's willing to gut it out and go out there, we're eight games into the season and we've had an off day, so we can adjust to what we need to."

Richard Durrett covers the Rangers for ESPNDallas.com. You can follow him on Twitter or leave a question for his weekly mailbag.

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