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Matt Harrison cleared to begin rehab assignment

Jul 29, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

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Rangers left-hander Matt Harrison, who hasn’t pitched since mid-April following multiple back surgeries, is scheduled to begin a minor-league rehab assignment Wednesday.

T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that Harrison will throw two innings at Double-A or Triple-A and will probably make at least 4-5 starts in the minors before rejoining the Rangers.

Harrison made his first All-Star team last season at age 26 and then started on Opening Day for the Rangers this season, but went 0-2 with an 8.44 ERA in two starts before being shut down. If healthy he’d provide another boost to Texas’ rotation, but recovering from surgery to repair a herniated disk makes him no sure thing to make a stretch-run impact.

  1. coloradogolfcoupons - Jul 29, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Hope he takes batting practice too. Ranger DH position sucks and maybe Harry can hit.

  2. beefytrout - Jul 29, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    This is great, but since the Rangers have turned into a team that can’t hit, all the pitching in the world won’t do them a whole lot of good.

  3. lmoneyfresh - Jul 29, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    If he can come back and play like he has the last few years the rangers will have 4 legit starters in Yu, Holland, Garza and Harrison. If the bats can heat up even just a little they might be able to make a late run….I hope.

    • beefytrout - Jul 29, 2013 at 1:05 PM

      This Rangers team hasn’t had to chase anyone for 3 years… not sure they would be able to.

      They need to lose the division to oakland, make some moves this offseason and try to come back improved and healthy next year.

      • lmoneyfresh - Jul 29, 2013 at 3:45 PM

        I don’t really see how them having a stretch of easily winning the division has anything to do with their ability to catch the A’s.

        I can’t argue that they need to make a few moves though. They lack any sort of pop in that lineup right now. They can’t rely on Beltre and Cruz alone. Mooreland needs to be replaced IMO. Guy can’t live up to his potential. They need more permanent solutions in the OF as well. I say move Kinsler out, Profar in and then try to sign somebody else in the OF who can hit the damn ball. Oh, and they need a better DH as well. AJ and Berkman (if he ever comes back) are pretty underwhelming so far.

      • beefytrout - Jul 29, 2013 at 5:44 PM

        “I don’t really see how them having a stretch of easily winning the division has anything to do with their ability to catch the A’s.”

        Well, in one word, it would be: frustration.

        In more words, it would be: Earlier this year, the Rangers had the best record in baseball and looked well on their way to another postseason. Then the injuries started piling up, and the hits stopped. The offense is making mistakes at the plate and on the bases. They’ve wasted many good pitching performances. And what makes it worse is that Oakland appears to be the real deal. The Rangers can’t simply wait for them to fade, because it’s looking like they won’t.

        Can they catch up? Absolutely. The Rangers have two months to erase a lead that Oakland erased in two weeks at the end of last season. But from following this team like a hawk day in and day out, I can tell you that they certainly don’t look like they have it in them right now to do it.

  4. jadaruler - Jul 29, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Never thought I would see the day when the Rangers had so much pitching and not much hitting.

    Hope Harry can,at least get so quality starts before the season ends. Not giving up on the Rangers right now, but they are a bad road trip away from a waiver wire sale.

  5. jadaruler - Jul 29, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    They’re.

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