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Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Matt Harrison puts toe issue behind him

By Ron Matejko

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Matt Harrison threw two innings during a 'B' game Tuesday against the Kansas City Royals and said any discomfort caused by inflammation in a toe on his left foot is gone.

"The toe was good," Harrison said. "No pain. No issues."

In two innings of work, Harrison allowed two earned runs on four hits with one walk and two strikeouts. He threw 37 pitches.

"My pitching felt as good as it has all spring," Harrison said. "I was focused on just throwing my pitches because I knew I didn't have to worry about the issue anymore."

Harrison said he did not use an insert in his shoe, as he had done previously when dealing with this issue, and instead just taped his foot. He is investigating using a new cleat that offers more suppor.

Harrison was scratched from Saturday's start due to the recurrence of the toe issue that first flared up last season. He said he thinks the current plan is for him to throw four innings in the home split-squad game Saturday and he will not travel to Las Vegas for the road weekend games.