Surprise, Ariz – Texas Ranger pitcher Matt Harrison will finally return to the mound today. Harrison has been able to get some live batting practice in, and recently threw 35 pitches this Sunday. But, Harrison hasn’t seen game action in over 7 months. It has been even longer, almost a year since he has pitched with the Rangers.
Harrison will be held to a strict 25 pitches today. The Rangers do not want to rush things due to his back and also since he has already been sidelined once this spring training.
Washington said that he wants Matt Harrison to come back once and only once. Pretty much meaning they don’t want him back on the mound until he is 100% game ready.
Harrison is very ready to return to game action mentally. He has been working out very hard during the offseason and has shed a few pounds to make thing easier on his back.
“It’s finally here,” Harrison said. “Getting into a game again and getting that adrenaline rush again is exciting. It’s not live BP, it’s a real game and I’ve been waiting seven months for it now.” (Star-Telegram – Drew Davision)