Sunday, July 21, 2013
Buzz: Harrison ramping things up
By Todd Wills
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Matt Harrison isn't messing around. He said as much Sunday.
Harrison will throw 60 to 65 pitches in a bullpen session on Monday, and, if that goes well, he will throw live batting practice on Wednesday.
That could put Harrison, at first expected to be out until late August, a few weeks ahead of that schedule.
"I'm trying to bring it up 20 pitches each time," said Harrison, who threw between 40 and 45 pitches on Saturday. "I'm feeling great."
The Rangers have desperately missed Harrison, who made two starts to begin the season before going on the disabled list on April 11. That after coming off last season's 18-win season.
Harrison has had two back surgeries to repair an inflamed nerve in his lower back and was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 25.
Ogando good to go: Right-hander Alexi Ogando threw a bullpen session on Saturday and is all clear to start Tuesday against the New York Yankees. It will be Ogando's first start since June 5 in Boston.
Ogando, who threw 80 pitches in his final rehab start for Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday, is good to throw 100 pitches against the Yankees, Rangers manager Ron Washington said Sunday.
Ortiz gets nod: Left-hander Joseph Ortiz got the ball instead of Justin Grimm on Saturday night after starter Ross Wolf lasted just two innings.
Washington said he went to Ortiz instead of Grimm because he wanted to give Baltimore a different look from Wolf. Ortiz responded with 3⅔ scoreless innings, his second straight solid outing out of the bullpen.
"There's no explanation," Washington said. "He has been good."
Grimm said Sunday he was ready to come in. He hasn't pitched since a start July 12 against Detroit, when he allowed seven runs in 3⅓ innings.
Gentry is 2-hole: Washington had a new face in the second spot of the lineup for the third straight game coming out of the All-Star break.
It was Craig Gentry on Sunday after Jurickson Profar on Saturday and Elvis Andrus on Friday. Washington has had seven different players bat second with Gentry making his third start there.
The preference is for Andrus, who is 3-for-9 on the homestand, to move back into the No. 2 spot.
"I want Elvis to give me the spark there, but I'm giving him some more time to relax," Washington said.
Minor matters: Mike Olt had a three-run home run and started Triple-A Round Rock's first triple play in franchise history.
Round Rock starter Jake Brigham had his fifth straight quality start for the win. Brigham is 4-0 with a 1.09 ERA for his past five starts.