Matt Harrison healthy, set to face old team

ATLANTA --Matt Harrison believes that things might finally be getting back to normal for him.

The blister on his finger has hardened to the point where he doesn't even think about it anymore. His kidney stone passed during the off day in New York (and he kept it so it can be analyzed to help him make sure he prevents them in the future) and his bruised triceps feels fine.

"I'm ready to go," Harrison said. "I just want to pitch and not have all this stuff."

He'll do so today against the organization that drafted him. The Braves selected Harrison in the third round of the 2003 draft and then traded to Texas as part of the Mark Teixiera deal on July 31, 2007.

"They drafted me and gave me that first chance to play professional baseball," Harrison said. "The pitching coaches were helpful in developing me and they really cared about all of us and making us better."

Harrison said he doesn't know many of the current Braves, but did mention that he wanted to say hello to LHP Jonny Venters and CF Jordan Schafer, two guys he knew from his stint in the minors.

"They were good guys and I enjoyed playing there, but I'm thankful that I got a chance to get to the big leagues in Texas," Harrison said. "It will be fun to get out there and pitch this weekend."