Apr 6, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Matt Harrison (54) throws to the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports
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)"
Harrison was close to returning to the mound when spring training first started, but after his first live batting practice session, he woke up the next day with issue with his back. Harrison was sent back to Dallas for tests, which all came back negative. Harrison later said the main issue is his soft mattress at camp. I’ve never had back surgery, but those who have say that a firm mattress or even the floor feels the best.
Harrison will get the start today in the Texas Rangers ‘B’ game against the Kansas City Royals. Check back later for more updates.