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Rangers skipping Matt Harrison’s next scheduled start

Aug 27, 2011, 7:18 PM EDT

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From Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas comes word that the Rangers are skipping Matt Harrison‘s scheduled Tuesday start against the Rays in an effort to limit the 25-year-old’s rising innings total. Scott Feldman, a reliever, will take the mound instead.

Harrison threw just 85 2/3 innings last season between the minor and major leagues. This year, he’s already up to 153 total frames.

The young and talented left-hander spoke about the decision with reporters on Saturday afternoon:

“You’re not happy with having to skip a start, especially near the end of the season. But they think that’s what is best for me. I’ll stay active in the bullpen. I understand it. They were honest with me, so I can’t complain.”

Harrison has an impressive 3.59 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 103/49 K/BB ratio through 25 starts this year.

  1. hdanger10 - Aug 27, 2011 at 8:05 PM

    Based on that picture, he is clearly a lefty.

    • Drew Silva - Aug 27, 2011 at 8:11 PM

      Duh, thanks.

    • Mike Luna - Aug 27, 2011 at 8:11 PM

      He is decidedly left-handed. Feldman is right-handed. Jim Abbott is one-handed.

      • Drew Silva - Aug 27, 2011 at 8:13 PM

        There’s a bar in Anchorage, Alaska called the ‘3 Handed Man.’

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 27, 2011 at 8:24 PM

        Economists are two handed. “On the one hand….On the other hand…”.

      • Drew Silva - Aug 27, 2011 at 8:28 PM

        Joseph Stalin was heavy-handed.

  2. kiwicricket - Aug 28, 2011 at 1:11 AM

    Drew –
    Any chance of doing a break-down of the Rookie pitchers this season? There must be half a dozen guys who must have innings limit complications. Implications for the play-offs?

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