Just over a year has passed between major league starts for Texas Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison. The left hander is scheduled to start Sunday’s game against the Seattle Mariners.
Rangers manager Ron Washington announced the news on Wednesday while confirming that Robbie Ross and Colby Lewis would start the first two games of the series in Seattle. This will allow the Rangers to start Yu Darvish on Monday and avoid the Rangers from having Lewis and Harrison have to bat in Colorado.
“I’ll give up the swings because it means I get to be back here and pitching. It was my goal to get back and pitching. If it means I don’t get a start there, that’s fine,” said Harrison via the Dallas Morning News. “I’ll take late April for getting back as opposed to later in the year.”
A herniated disc was discovered in Harrison’s back last April forcing him to undergo two surgeries on it before he also had to undergo Thoracic Outlet Surgery in his right (non-throwing) arm.
Harrison has been pitching at Double-A. In his last outing he threw 86 pitches in eight shutout innings.