Matt Harrison said he feels as good as he did when he reported to spring training last month. He experienced an early setback with lower back stiffness caused by sleeping on a bed that was too soft, but returned to throwing off a mound Wednesday morning.
Harrison threw all of his pitches during a 38-pitch bullpen session and is scheduled to throw a live batting practice on Friday. He will likely have a few more throwing sessions after that before seeing his first game-action in a ‘B’ game.
“A little erratic the first 10 or so, but got my timing back and my arm got loose again,” Harrison said. “My body feels good after, so we’ll see how it feels tomorrow.”
Harrison is coming off an injury-plagued 2013 season that saw him undergo two back surgeries in late April and early May, and another surgery to alleviate thoracic outlet syndrome in September.
Harrison knows his setback earlier this spring means he won’t be ready by Opening Day, but is hopeful to get back by mid-April.
“I definitely want to be back as soon as possible, there’s no reason to keep patting me on the butt,” Harrison said.
Briefly• The Rangers have 16-to-1 odds of winning this year’s World Series, according to Bovada. The Dodgers have the best odds at 13-2, while the Astros are the longest shot at 200-1.
• Yu Darvish allowed two runs over three innings Tuesday. Said Ron Washington: “He completed his work. I’m not concerned about the results. I know Yu Darvish will be fine.”