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Matt Harrison pitches well in rehab start

4/8/2014

FRISCO, Texas -- Texas Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison was clearly more pleased with how his rehab start went Tuesday as opposed to last week’s rain-shortened affair. He hopes it puts him on track to return to the big leagues later this month.

The left-hander threw 62 pitches Tuesday for Double-A Frisco and lasted 4 2/3 innings, allowing one run. His fastball, clocked between 89 and 91 mph, had good life and he had movement on his pitches. Harrison was able to change speeds well, recording a swinging strikeout on a changeup.

The lone run came near the end of his outing, as he gave up two doubles in the fifth inning.

“My timing was there for the most part,” Harrison said. “I got a little bit tired at the end there. I had to make some plays and was able to do that without any issues. It’s a step in the right direction. I just need to keep building off of this.”

Harrison is referring to several weakly hit ground balls where he had to charge off the mound and throw to first. He was able to record the outs without any trouble.

Harrison will throw a bullpen session in a few days and then pitch Sunday in Little Rock with Double-A Frisco.