Over the weekend, it was revealed that Texas Rangers left-hander Matt Harrison was close to returning to the starting rotation in Arlington, but now, that timetable has been specifically revealed by manager Ron Washington.
Ron Washington told us that Matt Harrison will start on Sunday for the #Rangers Sirius 209 XM 89
— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) April 23, 2014
The Rangers, against all odds, have been able to effectively tread water to the tune of a 13-8 record without Harrison available, but the 28-year-old left-hander could be a key piece to their plans on the mound. It has been a while since he was a full-timer in the rotation (as a result of multiple back surgeries, etc.), but he did make the All-Star team in 2012 after a 200+ innings campaign, and all reports indicate that he is healthy and ready to roll.
Texas will be visiting the Seattle Mariners over the weekend, which should provide a nice match-up for someone without a ton of strikeout upside (career 5.56 K/9), and Harrison should be able to get his feet wet. Even with him available, Ron Washington and company have a significant challenge in a rotation that includes Colby Lewis and Robbie Ross, but Harrison’s return could be huge for their postseason hopes.
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