Left-hander Matt Harrison allowed one run Tuesday in 4 2/3 innings for Double A Frisco, and called his second rehab start his best outing since the start of spring training.
Harrison, recovering from two back operations last year, threw 62 pitches but said that his command and mechanics were sharp and his back was fine after having to field “one bunt and two swinging bunts.”
He will pitch again Sunday as Frisco travels to Little Rock, Ark., with his pitch limit raised to 80, and he remains on track to return to the Rangers’ makeshift rotation April 23.
“This is something to really build on,” Harrison said. “I’ve still got to continue to build up my pitch count and continue to be effective, so I think that entails whether I’ll be ready the 23rd.”
The addition of Harrison could result in either Robbie Ross or Tanner Scheppers moving to the bullpen, or possibly both if Joe Saunders remains in the rotation after coming off the disabled list.
Until Harrison and Colby Lewis return, the Rangers are in survival mode.
“We’re not hanging on. We’re trying to stay afloat,” manager Ron Washington said. “We’ve got confidence in the guys we’re sending out there. I think each time they take the ball it’ll get better. But if we get all our guys who are out back, we’ll do what we have to do.”