The Texas Rangers have been able to achieve an 11-8 record despite allowing the 4th-most runs in the American League this season, but on Sunday, there was a bit of good news to report surrounding their embattled starting rotation, as the return of Matt Harrison seems imminent.
Jon Daniels just told us that they are going to talk about it today. but looks like Matt Harrison will not need another rehab start #Rangers
— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) April 20, 2014
Jon Daniels, the Rangers General Manager, spoke about Harrison’s prospects for return on radio on Sunday morning, and indicated that the next time the veteran left-hander takes the mound will be for the big league club. This is a huge coup for Texas, especially given Harrison’s long-term issues with health that have kept him off the mound for the better part of two years.
After breakout seasons in 2011 and 2012, the 28-year-old Harrison hit a snag with shoulder issues in 2013 that forced him into making only 2 highly ineffective (8.44 ERA) starts, and he hasn’t appeared in the majors yet this season. The Rangers have studs in Yu Darvish and (potentially) Martin Perez, but aside from that, things get ugly in a hurry and Harrison could be a steadying influence for Ron Washington and company.