May 30, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison (54) watches the game from the dugout against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Rangers won 9-5. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Rangers’ Harrison, Profar progressing to return


They’re not where they wanted to be at this point in Spring Training, but at least they’re back on track.

Drew Davidson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram reports that left-handed pitcher Matt Harrison and second baseman Jurickson Profar are resuming throwing activities.

Harrison is throwing off of a half-mound today, as he continues to rehab from two back surgeries from last season. The 28-year old suffered a small setback when he reported pain on the other side of his back. After flying back to Dallas for an MRI, it was surmised that the problems stemmed from a mattress that was too soft. Harrison is currently about a week and a half behind the other pitchers and is not expected to pitch in the opening series against the Phillies.

Profar, MLB’s number one prospect last year, has been suffering from shoulder inflammation and tendinitis that has been keeping him from throwing. He is still able to participate in hitting drills and has been in at designated hitter for Spring Training games. The Rangers are counting on Profar to step up this year, especially since he only has to concentrate on one position this season instead of being a utility man like last year.

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